Vote For Aristocat in the 2017 OVC Mascot Challenge
Friday, February 17, 2017
Vote For Aristocat in the 2017 OVC Mascot Challenge



Delta Dental of Tennessee and the Ohio Valley Conference have teamed up again for the fourth annual OVC Mascot Challenge. TSU Fans, students, faculty and alumni can vote for Aristocat between February 16 at Noon and March 2, 2017 at Noon. There are 12 OVC Mascots included in the competition.

"The OVC Mascot Challenge has proven to be a fierce competition between our 12 schools," said Beth DeBauche, OVC Commissioner. "OVC students, faculty, alumni and fans have great pride in their mascots. Each school wants their mascot to be the best in their conference and earn bragging rights for an entire year. We are grateful to Delta Dental of Tennessee for their continued support of this effort to promote and celebrate OVC schools."

The competing OVC Mascots are:  Austin Peay – The Governor, Belmont – Bruiser the Bruin, Eastern Illinois – Billy the Panther, Eastern Kentucky – The Colonel, Jacksonville State – Cocky, Morehead State – Beaker, Murray State – Dunker, Southeast Missouri – Rowdy, SIUE – Eddie the Cougar, Tennessee State – Aristocat, Tennessee Tech – Awesome Eagle, UT Martin – Captain.

Fans can vote once a day at

Voting begins at 12:00 p.m. on February 16 and concludes at 12:00 p.m. on March 2, 2017. The Mascot with the most votes will earn "bragging rights" and their school will be awarded $1000 for the general scholarship fund, courtesy of Delta Dental. The winner of the 2017 OVC Mascot Challenge will be announced at the OVC Basketball Tournament (which is March 1-4 in Nashville).

"We love working with the Ohio Valley Conference to celebrate the power and pride of their mascots. Mascots are so important to sharing messages and promoting brands. Our mascot Marshall Molar teaches kids across the state the importance of healthy smiles," said Phil Wenk, D.D.S., president and CEO, Delta Dental of Tennessee.

Good oral health is essential to a healthy life and Delta Dental of Tennessee makes taking care of your smile easy with access to care, comprehensive benefits, exceptional service, and superior value. To best serve our mission and create more smiles, we created the Smile180 Foundation which supports Tennessee’s dental colleges, children’s hospitals, free and reduced cost community dental clinics, and other like-minded charities. Delta Dental is the largest independent dental benefits provider in the state with more than 2,000 employer groups representing more than 1.1 million Tennesseans. To unleash your smile power, choose Delta Dental. Visit