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Governor Huntsman reveals Bear's induction into Hall of Fame

Thursday declared Jazz Bear Day

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman declared Thursday as Jazz Bear Day and announced the planned induction of the Utah Jazz mascot, Bear, into the Mascot Hall of Fame.

"Hall of Fame inductees are a rare breed here in Utah," Governor Huntsman said. "We all know of Bear's commitment to excellence and the fact that his excellence has been nationally recognized is incredible."

The Jazz Bear Day declaration applauded Bear's many charitable efforts and programs, millions of fans entertained and national recognition.

Bear will be inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 15 at a ceremony in Philadelphia. Joining Bear in the 2006 class of inductees are professional mascots Clutch the Bear from the Houston Rockets and KC Wolf of the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as collegiate mascots Bucky the Badger from University of Wisconsin, Aubie the Tiger from Auburn University and YoUDee the Fightin' Blue Hen from the University of Delaware.

The Jazz Bear was selected by a panel that includes a board of directors, members of the Mascot Hall of Fame and online voting.

The Bear has been entertaining Jazz fans since being introduced in 1993 and is recognized by peers and fans as one of the top mascots in the NBA. Bear has received many community service awards for his charity work in Utah.

"It's an honor to have such a tremendous ambassador for our team. His commitment and enthusiasm is something to be truly admired," said Dennis Haslam, Jazz President.

In addition to his numerous contributions to the community, Bear continually brings a level of excitement to Jazz games through his acrobatic antics and infamous silly-string ambushes.

The Mascot Hall of Fame was started in 2005 and the inaugural class included the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, the Famous Chicken and the Philly Phanatic. The mission of the Mascot Hall of Fame is to honor great mascot performers, performance, and programs that have inspired tradition and positively affected their communities.

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