SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant Athletics mourns the loss of Ironclad Tupper I, the University's live mascot, who passed away on Wednesday night.
The first official school mascot, Ironclad Tupper I joined the Bryant community in 2010 and has been an icon on campus, in the community and at sporting events.
"Tupper was a wonderful symbol of grit and determination for our students," Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley said. "He was bright, friendly, and always willing to lend a paw when needed to cheer on our teams or welcome new students. He will be sorely missed."
Ironclad Tupper I joined the Bryant family just as the Bulldogs were transitioning into Division I. A friend to all, Ironclad Tupper I was a regular at sporting events on campus and away from campus. From basketball games inside the Chace Athletic Center, to baseball games in Norwich, Conn., he was there. Ironclad Tupper I was an important part of Bryant's 19 Northeast Conference Tournament championships and found his way into almost every single championship picture.
"We will forever remember the love and support Tupper showed to our student-athletes and to our community," Director of Athletics Bill Smith said. "His memory will be cherished forever."