CauÃª, Brazil’s 2007 Pan American Games Mascot. Image via flickr /Christiano de Jesus
When ten thousand athletes from across the Americas make their way to Toronto in 2015 for the Pan Am and Parapam Games, they’ll be welcomed by mascots imagined and designed by Canadian children. From now until March 8th, teams of kids from across the country will have the opportunity to submit their hand-drawn mascots and mascot life stories, embodying the characteristics of the “People’s Games” such as joy, accountability, and collaboration.
Kids can find contest details and inspiration from the Toronto 2015 Mascot website, where they can view past mascots such as Coqui the Puerto Rican frog, CauÃª, the Brazillian sun-creature and Canada’s own Lorita the parrot and Pato the duck from the 1999 Winnipeg Pan Am Games. The winning mascot will appear on game merchandise and play a large promotional role in the 2 year countdown to the games.