Over the years the Benny family has shown us several looks and styles that reflected the life and culture of the time they lived and performed in. Starting in the late 60's, as the first mascot to ever roam the side lines of an NBA game, Benny's great grandfather enjoyed many freedoms NBA mascots don't have today. Arguing calls, sitting on the baskets and jumping through hoops of fire are a thing of the past. However, back when Great Grandpa Benny was working the fans in old Chicago Stadium, the only rule was just don't bite anyone.
As years passed and the family business was handed down from Benny to Benny to Benny, the art of entertaining sports fans evolved into a league wide phenomenon. Nearly every team had a wild animal of some sort keeping fans engaged during time outs, halftimes and city events. From stunts, to comedy acts, dance routines, pictures, autographs, merchandise and world travel... the NBA mascot was here to stay.
In 2004 the torch (trampoline) was passed to the current Benny we know and love today. The Bulls felt it was a good idea to keep Benny slim and in good shape because we want Benny to be a role model for kids and adults to be active, eat well, and be healthy. Thus, Benny looks a little different than his predecessor from the 1990s.
Today, Benny can be seen at events all over the Chicagoland area, keeping up with the latest trends on social media, and entertaining fans right at home in the United Center.
GUS T. BULL
Benny Through the Years
Shorty Awards 2020 - Best in Dance
Mascot Hall of Fame Inductee 2017
Mascot of the Year 2015
12-Time NBA All-Star Mascot