Penn State Nittany Lion Cougar Statue - A Brief History | Statue.com
The Nittany Lion represents spirit, pride and courage for those associated with Penn State University
March 3, 2023 at 11:46:07 AM PST March 3, 2023 at 11:46:07 AM PSTrd, March 3, 2023 at 11:46:07 AM PST
The Penn State cougar, otherwise known as the Nittany Lion, is one of the most iconic mascots in college sports. This fierce feline has been a symbol of Penn State University since 1904 and has become an integral part of the school's history and culture.
The origin story of the Nittany Lion dates back to a baseball game against Princeton in 1904. Before the game, Harrison D. Joe Mason and his team were shown a statue of Princeton's Bengal Tiger as an indication of what they would face on the field. Not wanting to be outdone by their rivals, Mason instantly fabricated a fiercer beast that he called the Nittany Lion - derived from 'Nittany', which is an old term referring to single mountain that overlooks what is now State College and Penn State University Park Campus.
The Nittany Lion represents spirit, pride and courage for those associated with Penn State University. It roars defiance at opposing teams when it makes appearances at various sporting events across campus, inspiring students and fans alike to cheer on their team with vigor and enthusiasm! Furthermore, it serves as an important bridge between past alumni who remember "the roar" being heard throughout Beaver Stadium after every touchdown or win.
In addition to its role in athletics,the Nittany Lion also appears frequently in many other aspects of life on campus such as books, merchandise and paraphernalia used by students and faculty alike. It can also be seen displayed at many events around State College such as concerts or community meetings where it brings joy to everyone who recognizes it.
Overall the Nittany Lion serves not only as a mascot for Penn State Athletics but also as a source of inspiration for all those associated with this great university. It’s powerful presence will remain strong for generations to come!
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