DISCLAIMER: This article is Satire (not real/meant to be comical)
Instead of a Student-Athlete Spotlight, this week Stoutonia is spotlighting the University of Wisconsin–Stout’s mascot, Blaze the Blue Devil. Despite his satanic origins and appearance, many would consider Blaze an angel.
Many know Blaze from his appearances at Stout sporting events, where he is responsible for breeding energy and school spirit. However, it’s even more impressive what Blaze does outside of these events.
Every Monday morning Blaze goes to the Menomonie Public Library to read stories to young children, followed by a visit to the senior center to chat with the elderly. Tuesday through Thursday he spends his time at the Dunn County Humane Society volunteering with the dogs.
Blaze spends his weekends raising money for various charities, including funding to find the cure for cancer.
“I’m just trying to make the world a better place in any way I can,” Blaze said.
Blaze said that his parents were more traditional Blue Devils; they preferred to do evil and “all that other crazy stuff devils do.” Blaze said he never really bought into the evil thing and decided to become a school mascot instead, where he could bring happiness to people every day.
“I love being a school mascot,” Blaze said, “Stout is a great school to work at.”
Blaze applied to become UW–Stout’s official mascot after finding out that the school was conveniently called the Blue Devils.
“We hired him on the spot because of his friendly demeanor,” External Relations and Promotions director Brett Schreiner said, “All the other Blue Devils we interviewed were not particularly nice.”