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NBA mascots fill in for Grizz while Eric McMahon continues treatment

Memphis, January 31, 2008 – While Eric McMahon, who plays team mascot Grizz, continues his treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, some of his fellow mascots from around the NBA and from other local teams will appear at Grizzlies games at FedExForum beginning this weekend to entertain fans and show their support for McMahon.

Beginning with Saturday’s game against Utah, a different mascot will be appearing at almost every Grizzlies home game through the end of the season. The schedule of appearances is listed below.

To show their support for McMahon while he undergoes treatment, each mascot is traveling to Memphis at their own expense or their team’s expense to help entertain Grizzlies fans at FedExForum.

Fans can show their support as well by purchasing a Friends of Grizz wristband for $3 from the Grizzlies Den Team Store at FedExForum. Proceeds from the sale of the wristbands will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The organization is also continuing the Friends of Grizz program, where patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and their families are invited on behalf of Grizz to each home game as a show of solidarity for their battle and his.

Fans can send get well wishes to Eric online, by mail: care of Grizz, to 191 Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, 38103, or via e-mail. Fans wishing to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital can log on to www.stjude.org.

Schedule

Date Mascot
February 2 vs. Utah Rufus (Charlotte Bobcats)
February 5 vs. Milwaukee Coyote (San Antonio Spurs)
February 12 vs. Sacramento Rockey the Redbird (Memphis Redbirds)
February 22 vs. Dallas Slamson (Sacramento Kings)
February 26 vs. Phoenix Stuff (Orlando Magic)
March 1 vs. Utah Blaze (Portland Trail Blazers)
March 5 vs. New Jersey Bowser (Indiana Pacers)
March 8 vs. Boston Squatch (Seattle SuperSonics)
March 17 vs. Charlotte Moondog (Cleveland Cavaliers)
March 22 vs. Sacramento Rocky (Denver Nuggets)
March 24 vs. Denver Hip-Hop (Philadelphia 76ers)*
March 31 vs. Atlanta Gnash (Nashville Predators)
April 2 vs. New York Thunder (Golden State Warriors)
April 4 vs. Golden State Benny the Bull (Chicago Bulls)
April 8 vs. Phoenix Bear (Utah Jazz)
April 12 vs. Minnesota Raptor (Toronto Raptors)

See the photos of the visiting mascots through March 24.

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