Notre Dame’s lineup of leprechauns for 2019-20, announced by the college Wednesday, features a feminine for the primary time because the mascot was launched in 1965.
Sophomore Lynnette Wukie of Elyria, Ohio, will break the gender barrier subsequent educational 12 months, having earned her spot “due to her passionate outlook and dedication to management,” in response to the college. She will likely be joined by junior Samuel Jackson and sophomore Conal Fagan within the function.
Wukie and Jackson change into the second and third African People to be the enduring mascot most seen on sidelines throughout Combating Irish soccer and basketball video games.
The symbolism of her choice as the primary lady and lady of shade to fill the leprechaun footwear isn’t misplaced on Wukie. As she stated in a video accompanying her utility: “Who says the Combating Irish cannot struggle like a woman?”
“I talked about being a task mannequin (in the course of the tryout course of) as a result of even via highschool and into school, it is at all times been vital to me to be somebody individuals can look as much as,” Wukie stated within the athletic division’s information launch. “I believe I hadn’t (but) discovered that factor, like I wasn’t fulfilling my true objective right here to be that face and that function mannequin, so when this chance happened I believed it was future. That is what I am meant to be doing. … My rector advised me, ‘Little ladies are going to need to be you,’ so to be that function mannequin for younger ladies is basically particular.”
Head cheerleading coach Delayna Herndon echoed Wukie’s sentiments: “As such a visual consultant of Notre Dame, the leprechaun is a task mannequin to followers throughout the nation, and we hope this group can encourage individuals of all backgrounds to see themselves as an important a part of the Notre Dame household.”
Fagan, from Derry, Northern Eire, is a part of the three-person workforce for a second educational 12 months as the primary native Irish particular person to play the half.