Campus News

Stitches Mascot Tryouts Extended

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2010) – The Kentucky Children's Hospital will hold tryouts for its mascot, Stitches, at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at the University of Kentucky Seaton Center's gymnasium.

The tryouts are open to UK students who are available this summer and throughout the school year. The children's hospital will select two individuals and they will be awarded with partial scholarships.

Individuals who are interested in trying out should be between four feet, six inches and five feet, four inches tall. The tryout will consist of a short interview followed by a tryout wearing the costume. Candidates should dress in comfortable clothing.

Stitches is a kitten and represents Kentucky Children's Hospital as its official mascot at numerous events not only on campus, but also throughout the state. Stitches frequently visits patients and their families at Kentucky Children's Hospital and at the clinics for children.

The UK student selected must be committed to work with Kentucky Children's Hospital, and this obligation requires commitment above other activities except for attending classes. The mascot also must have transportation for various events.

Kentucky Children's Hospital began the mascot program three years ago.

"Children love Stitches, not only in the hospital, but also at the many events where we take and give away pictures of children with Stitches," said Cynde Estep, UK HealthCare senior service line manager. "Stitches has been very successful in representing Kentucky Children's Hospital. Former mascots have told us they have so much fun and they enjoy playing with the children."

A representative from UK HealthCare will be the voice of Stitches and speak on behalf of Stitches and represent Kentucky Children's Hospital. In addition, the representative will assist the mascot with their costumes, accompany and escort Stitches, and handle other miscellaneous duties as needed.

For more information, contact Cynde Estep at (859) 257-2623 or e-mail at