HUGO THE HORNET
As the “A-List” Hornet in the Hive, Hugo brings the energy and excitement that brings out the “buzz” on gamedays. Born on November 4, 1988, when the Hornets opened their inaugural season and named by Hornets fans, Hugo is a four-time winner of the NBA Mascot Slam Dunk Championship and a two-time winner of the NBA Best Mascot Award presented by NBA Inside Stuff. He was even one of four mascots to appear as hidden players in 1994’s classic video game, NBA Jam: Tournament Edition! Though he left to take early retirement from Charlotte in 2002 when the team moved cities, Hugo realized that his true calling was back in Buzz City entertaining his admirers. He immediately packed his J’s and “flew” back to rejoin his team once again upon their return to Charlotte on June 5, 2014.
Along with entertaining Hornets fans at Spectrum Center, Hugo also serves as an ambassador for the team, making hundreds of appearances in the Charlotte community each year. He has a special focus on the importance of education and reading.
Hugo, may be cute and fluffy, but is no ordinary mascot! When he needs to make the crowd soar, he unleashes his alter ego, Super Hugo! He flies through the air throwing down acrobatic and thunderous dunks to crank up the intensity and get the Hive hyped.
The Hornets Book Bus
The Charlotte Hornets Book Bus and the Hugo’s P.L.A.Y. Book presentation is part of the Charlotte Hornets’ Foundation. The purpose and goal of this program is to demonstrate the importance of reading to elementary school students in an effort to address one of Charlotte’s greatest educational issues – youth literacy. The Book Bus will travel to elementary schools within a 35 mile radius of the Spectrum Center. Hugo the Hornet will perform an interactive and entertaining program that inspires students to pick up a book and read every day. After the program, one class from each school will be able to go through the Book Bus and pick out a brand new book to take home.
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Super Hugo School Program
Did you know that you can catch Super Hugo at you school? Super Hugo Programs are always a hit for students and teachers alike. We are pleased to offer our high energy acrobatic slam dunk programs on the topics of Anti- Bullying and Test Prep, as well as Mental Muscle educational program that parallels professional athletics to education.