Faculty 2019

FACULTY 2019

John Absey, Utah Jazz Bear, Mascot Hall of Fame Inductee

Dating back to his first season in Utah, he performed at over 900 NBA games, has donated 16,000-plus hours of assistance in the community for more than 300 community organizations, and raised more than one million dollars for charity in the process.

Jon has taken home more than 50 community and national awards, including eight mascot leadership awards, keys to two different cities, been honored by three individual governors with his very own “Day in Utah”, been named Mascot of the Year in the NBA five times and Best Mascot out of all sports nationwide twice, and, just recently was given an award for the best video by a mascot out of all sports nationwide.

He has been inducted into the YMCA Hall of Fame, the Utah Summer Games Hall of Fame, and the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006.

Zoltan Berencsi, Harlem Globetrotters, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Atlanta Falcons

Zoltan Berencsi is the Senior Producer of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters and a Professional Mascot with over 20 years of experience performing for sports teams in the NBA, WNBA, NFL and NHL.

He started his mascot career in the CBA for the Grand Rapids Hoops and quickly catapulted himself to the NBA in 1999 where he became known as one of the top professional mascots in the world.  Since then he has performed in front of millions of people and traveled the world for teams such as the Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics, Washington Capitals, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, Phoenix Suns and the Chicago Bulls.

He currently resides in Atlanta Georgia with his wife Aimee and two children Zoli and Maggie.  Along with producing the World-Famous Harlem Globetrotters, He continues to perform in his spare time as a professional mascot for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA.  He can also be seen on screen and television where he performs as a stuntman.

Kenn Solomon, Rocky , Denver Nuggets, Mascot Hall of Fame Inductee

In 1989 Kenn attended Utah State University on a full ride Mascot Scholarship.  During the summer of 1990 while in Denver, Colorado on an internship with the Rocky Mountain News, Kenn introduced himself to the Denver Nuggets.  After being chosen to be Rocky the Denver Nuggets Mascot in the fall of 1990, his first appearance and game as Rocky was on December 15, 1990. 

Kenn has since performed at 18 NBA All Star Games, performed in over 27 countries, was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2008, awarded Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game award for “Most Awesome Mascot” in 2018Rocky is most known for his backwards half-court shots, improv crowd work, his ability to entertain all ages and being “hung” by the neck while being introduced during the first game for the 2014-2015 season.

Dave Raymond, Founder Mascot Hall of Fame, Philly Phanatic

Moving directly from college student to campy green fur-ball, Dave Raymond pioneered the field of sports mascots with his innovative inhabitation of the world-renowned Phillie Phanatic. He was the original Phanatic, and his vision and performance skill spawned a revolution in the mascot industry, leading sportscaster and baseball analyst Tim McCarver to name the Phanatic the “best mascot in baseball” in 1993.

In 2006, along with partners, David co-founded the Fun Department! The Fun Department is a team building company that specializes in low cost employee engagement for the purposes of morale, retention, health and productivity. “I studied, unknowingly, under a true master of fun! The Phillie Phanatic taught me how valuable fun is and why all of us should strive to use fun as a powerful tool to be happy and healthy at work and at home,” says David.