Student Athlete Featured on ESPN Network

March 29, 2007

It is confirmed: Mary Baldwin University will appear on national networks this month on programs featuring student-athlete Karen Potter ’08 and the college’s beloved mascot, Gladys.
Karen Potter '08Potter, a three-sport athlete at Mary Baldwin, will be one of just two students highlighted in an hour-long episode ofNCAA On Campusairing April 18. The monthly television show, broadcast on ESPN Classic, includes student-athlete accomplishments and news from around the country. Potter has been a swimmer, field hockey player, and softball player during all three of her years at the college, and was a member of the Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference championship team in 2005, which went on to make an appearance in the NCAA tournament. Potter is also a student in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, where she serves in the color guard.

NCAA On Campusalso introduces viewers to college and university mascots, which is where the ever-unique Gladys plays a part. Mary Baldwin’s spectacular squirrel will be featured in the Mascot Mania segment ofOn Campus, possibly in the same show that includes Potter, according to ESPN producer Lee Nassau, who was on campus for filming in mid-March.

Karen Potter '08Gladys added to her proverbial 15 minutes of fame as one of several tailed team talismans included inMascot Madnesson Animal Planet April 1. The show’s well-known hosts, animal expert Jeff Corwin and Lee Corso, famed college football analyst, counted down the nation’s top animal mascots as part of the network’s tribute to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

OnMascot Madness, Gladys was in the company of some of the nation’s most iconic animal mascots including Buzz the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, Testudo the Maryland Terrapin, Bucky the Wisconsin Badger, and the Cincinnati Bearcat.

NCAA On CampusShowtimes
Karen Potter ’08: 1:30 p.m. April 18, ESPN Classic (not available on campus) 7 p.m. April 22, ESPNU (Mary Baldwin channel 70); and 12:30 a.m. April 28, ESPNU
* “Mascot Mania” featuring Gladys may air on the same program

Schedule: www.ncaasports.com/broadcast/schedule/campus

Mascot Madnessfan site: animal.discovery.com/convergence/mascot_madness/mascot_madness.html