In 2015, a handful dedicated Montclair State undergraduate and graduate students formed a group named Team Rocky. These student leaders encourage others to get involved and stay connected to campus, always showing their true Red Hawk Pride and love for Montclair State University. Some of the members even perform as our school’s mascot, Rocky the Red Hawk and the currently do not receive any funding from the University, which is why your support is very appreciated and welcomed!
Some Fun Facts
- Rocky the Red Hawk was officially named in 2001, after a student vote.
- Ever since has made appearances at Athletic games, Homecoming and Commencement.
- After the formation of Team Rocky, his annual appearances have more than tripled, reaching a consistent 200+ events, both on and off-campus.
- Organizations, departments and even alumni may request Rocky and together, Team Rocky does their best to fulfill all requests both big and small.
Feel free to put in a request for Rocky!
Red Hawk Pride...Everywhere!
Team Rocky is not your average mascot group. Rocky, unlike other famous D1 mascots, attends way more than just the big name sporting events and important University appearances. Rocky advocates for the smaller clubs and organizations, has attended weddings of Montclair State alumni, University staff retirement parties, greets all new and transfer students at orientations, visits his mascot friends at their birthday parties (and always brings a gift!) and so much more. Then there are times that Team Rocky goes out “just because” to have some fun, crate fun video or social media content and put smiles on faces. The students involved with the group are passionate and committed to volunteering their time, always spreading Red Hawk Pride. It makes a huge difference on our campus.
Rocky is Rocky
Though it seems like a lot of fun and games, being a member of Team Rocky and/or actually “being” Rocky is a serious commitment and requires a special kind of dedication. All members are volunteer and must keep Rocky’s identity a secret. They must also care for the expensive suits and equipment and provide proper cleaning. They go through training and are held to a GPA requirement of 2.75 of higher. Finally, they must stay in good standing with the University at all times.
In sum, Team Rocky does a great deal for Montclair State University. Rocky represents all Red Hawks, and Team Rocky is made up of individuals just as diverse as our student body. Together they spread so much joy, with Rocky, and as themselves, embodying the true essence of what it means to be a proud Red Hawk. Learn More about Team Rocky and Rocky.