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.
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.
Red Hawk Pride...Everywhere!
Team Rocky has attended weddings of Montclair State alumni, University staff retirement parties, a plethora of campus events, all new and transfer student orientations, mascot birthday parties and so much more. Then there are times that Team Rocky goes out “just because” to spread Red Hawk Pride or simply put a smile on someone’s face. Every so often team members pass out free hot beverage coupons to those wearing Montclair State gear on Friday’s or “hide” somewhere on campus and give away a prize to the first person who finds Rocky! We call these events “Where’s Rocky” and they are held via Rocky’s Snapchat account.
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.
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