Dunk'n to make apperance in championship games

March 8, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In March, it's all about stepping your play up when called upon.

For Dr. Kim Capriotti and Robin Cahan, two members of the JU staff in the travel party here at the General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament, they are raising their games to new level of support this weekend.

The dynamic duo will shed their normal green gear in the stands to don one of the most hallowed items in the sporting world - the mascot uniform as they will handle the duties of Dunk'n the Dolphin for the two title contests.

Neither one has ever been a mascot, cheerleader or even in the pep band. Neither is a glory hog, since they will be wearing an oversized Dolphin head to conceal their identity.

"I don't dance, I'm not very coordinated, but I can cheer loud, but I just realized I'll have big mascot head on and nobody will hear me," said Capriotti, who doubles as the JU Faculty Athletic Representative and handles study hall for the two teams as well as the pep band and cheerleaders. "What I do bring is a passion for the Dolphins and to see our student-athletes succeed in their endeavors, both on the floor and in the classroom. This is my way of showing my support in their athletic pursuits.

"I've been talking about doing this for awhile and now that it is here, it's a dream come true."

Cahan, who is the administrative assistant for baseball and runs the office in John Sessions Stadium (which is another daunting task), has been getting tips from the cheerleaders and pep band as she is helping chaperone them this week.

"I'm a team player and will do anything I can to help these teams win a championship," Cahan said. "I don't have a lot of moves, but I'm going to show them all. It may be over in the first five minutes, but I'll give a good effort for 40 minutes."

Like the players on the court, these rookies to the pep group are also experience pregame jitters.

"I can't lie, I'm nervous about this," Capriotti said, while spilling remnants of her morning coffee. "This day is for the girl's and I'm just going to do all that I can."

While there are rules and decorum for mascots, JU SWA Marsha Haskew is excited about seeing these two don the costume.

"With Kim in there, we're sure that there were no rules broken," Haskew said. "I think it will be fun to watch these two go out there and try to dance in that costume. The comedy level will be quite high today."