Community College of Philadelphia's new mascot will debut this fall

Mike DeNardo
July 30, 2019 - 4:00 am
Community College of Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Community College of Philadelphia is putting the finishing touches on its new Lion mascot that has taken a year to design.

Last year, CCP ditched its previous mascot, Colonial Phil, over concerns he represented a time of slave owners and oppression. The school then had to choose a new mascot, says student life marketing coordinator Sajeda Virji.

"We went everywhere from the lions to the cheesesteaks to like, everything in between," Virji said.

The lions won out in last fall's vote. 

But the college then had to develop an identity and design for its new mascot, and dean of students David Asensio says it had to reflect strength and perseverance.

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"What we wanted to do was to kind of really embody the spirit of our community — what does that look like?  And so all of these characteristics are going to be embodied in this mascot, which is a lion," Asensio said.

CCP enlisted original Phillie Phanatic Dave Raymond's graphic designer Tom Sapp to draw the lion and the Canadian company Street Characters to produce the mascot costume.  

The lion's name and story are expected to be released over the next several weeks.  

One student, who didn't want to give her name, hopes the new mascot will represent students' passion.

"I just hope that the lion reflects that side of CCP that often doesn't get reflected and that's that students are here to learn and they are driven," she said.

The lion mascot, which may not have a gender, is expected to debut in late September.