Raider Red is Texas Tech’s costumed mascot. Before the 1971 football season, the Southwest Conference passed a rule which restricted the bringing of live animal mascots to out of town games. Thus, the Masked Rider, Tech’s official mascot, would not be able to travel representing the university. Jim Gaspard, a member of the male spirit organization, Saddle Tramps, created the Raider Red character from drawings from Dirk West to represent Tech at away football games.
Raider Red is a public relations mascot who shakes hands with the crowds at athletic events and poses for pictures. He attends football games, men’s and women’s basketball games, women’s volleyball, as well as men’s baseball. You can also find Raider Red making appearances at women’s tennis matches, softball games, and around the Lubbock community.
Prior to 2005, only members of the Saddle Tramps were able to serve as Raider Red. In 2005, the Center for Campus Life formed a partnership with the Saddle Tramps and extended the offer to the High Riders, a female spirit organization. Center for Campus Life and these two spirit organizations combine efforts in maintaining Raider Red. The students' identity who serves as Raider Red is kept secret from the Tech community and public. Students serving as Raider Red must be a part of one of these organizations to be eligible to tryout. Tryouts are held each spring.
Raider Red is the new Capital One 2012 National Mascot of the Year.
The win nets a $20,000 scholarship to help fund Texas Tech's mascot program. Red took second place out of 16 mascots in regular-season voting to contend for the most votes nationwide; he then faced the first-place and undefeated Cocky the Gamecock from the University of South Carolina in the final round.
Raider Red is pictured with Tech's Spirit Program Director, Stephanie Rhode, and Cheer & Mascot Coach, Bruce Bills, at the Capital One Bowl Game in Orlando, FL, where the winner was announced during halftime activities.
Schedule Raider Red to attend your event. Appearance Requests must be made at least 14 days in advanced of event date.
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