Running out on the field with the football team for the first time was the most exhilarating and scariest run I have ever experienced. Questions like “What if they don’t like me?” or “What if I mess up?” ran through my head at a mile a minute. But you can’t worry about that once you put on the head, because you are Grizzwald.
My older brother, Jaden, was offered a chance to be Grizzwald, but it was going to be his senior year, and he didn’t want to miss events. So, as a sophomore, I offered to be Grizzwald. I never thought that decision would change my whole life. When I first put that suit on, I wasn’t the shy little girl who couldn’t be around a group of people; I was Grizzwald, the Logan High mascot who is extremely energetic and social.
Through the years, I was not able to go to games as myself. I, however, was at most games. I made the decision of not telling any of my friends, so I became adept at lying. There were some events that my friends really wanted me to go to, but I told them I couldn’t. My junior year, for the homecoming football game, every single one of my friends told me that I needed to got, but I was busy being Grizzwald. My parents were going to the game as well, so I couldn’t say that I was staying home with them. My excuse was that since I didn’t get asked to the homecoming dance, I was going to visit my aunt for the weekend and relax with her.
We Grizzlies are an opinionated bunch, hm? Speak out and be heard.