There is a new horse riding in to town to help cheer on the Delaware Blue Coats and his name is “Coaty”.
The Blue Coats introduced their new mascot, “Coaty” on Saturday at the Delaware Children’s Museum on the Wilmington Riverfront.
On the Blue Coats press release about the mascot, the team mentions that the name Coaty was ” inspired by suggestions from nearly 1,000 local children enrolled in Wilmington area after-school programs.”
The Blue Coats new mascot is fresh looking with his blue mane and has a logo of the state of Delaware right between his eyes. “Coaty” also is rocking a number 76 jersey like his best friend Franklin ( Philadelphia 76ers mascot) as it represents the day that the United States Declaration of Independence was signed. The new mascot cannot wait to cheer on his Blue Coats at new 76ers Fieldhouse on January 23rd.
Coaty is not the only mascot for a minor league team in Delaware, the noble steed will join Wilmington Blue Rocks lovable mascot “Rocky”. Maybe Rocky and Coaty can be best friends?
“Coaty” has Quite the Backstory:
COATY’S STORY ( via Blue Coats)
As midnight approached on a stormy night in July 1776, Delaware’s Founding Father Caesar Rodney set out on one of the most important journeys in American history. Rodney rode 80 miles on horseback to Philadelphia to cast a tie-breaking vote for American Independence in the Continental Congress.
Centuries later, the descendant of Rodney’s equestrian hero continues to serve the First State, when he isn’t busy horsing around. Coaty proudly represents the Delaware Blue Coats as the team’s mascot, community ambassador and noble steed.
This high-energy horse is dressed to compete in his authentic Blue Coats basketball uniform. Coaty’s custom kicks comfortably fit his springy hooves and his shiny blue coat and thick navy mane compliment the unique white Delaware-shaped birthmark on his nose.
Incredibly, this speedy equestrian’s athletic prowess isn’t only showcased on the ground, but also in the air. Sixers mascot Franklin taught Coaty how to dunk when he was just a colt, which gives new meaning to the term, “horse fly.”
Coaty’s mission is to use the power of basketball to help Delaware’s youth achieve success in the classroom, on the court, and in their neighborhoods. He hopes you’ll visit him at his stable in the all-new 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington very soon!
COATY’S FAVORITES ( Via Blue Coats)
MOVIES: Seabiscuit and Space Jam
SONGS: “Our Delaware” and “Here Come the Sixers”
BEST FRIEND: Franklin the Dog
HANGOUTS: 76ers Fieldhouse and Delaware Children’s Museum