Touchdown arrived on campus in 1915 when the Cornell University Athletic Association bought him as a live black bear cub for $25. Touchdown was an instant good luck charm when Cornell's football team went undefeated that same year. After Harvard tried to steal Touchdown at a football game, Touchdown was retired to the wild where he lived out the rest of his days. Touchdown had many successors including Touchdown II, III & IV.
In the early 2000s Touchdown made a full return to Cornell, all grown up! Now Touchdown's appearances are managed by the Big Red Bears, a student-run organization. We have approximately 15 members who trade off assisting Touchdown at events. We love continuing Touchdown's legacy and being the face of the University!
Touchdown Mobile Project
Touchdown Mobile is a project that will help Big Red Bears purchase a limited use vehicle (street legal golf cart) for the Touchdown the Bear mascot to be transported to events around campus. This project will affect the entire campus community as it will allow Touchdown to more effectively serve the many event requests across campus.
This project have already been approved by Risk Management and Fleet Services. More than five drivers have gone through the required training, meaning that with YOUR GIFT we can soon purchase this vehicle and have it up and running in just a few weeks!
This project will protect student safety. It will also have a positive impact on entire campus populous by making Touchdown more available in addition to this new addition to the iconography of Cornell.
Learn more about Touchdown and the great work of Big Red Bears at http://www.bigredbears.org/.