1948: “Name the Mascot Contest” was run by the SGA. The winning entry was Golden Gulls. The name Sea Gull was the runner-up.
1963: When SU was Salisbury State College, the Salisbury athletic teams were so often referenced as the SSC Gulls (C-Gulls), that the "Sea Gull" becomes the official mascot for Salisbury.
1965: A Sea Gull in mascot/life form appears for the first time in the Salisbury yearbook.
1966: A "macho" Sea Gull logo debuts, complete with clenched fists, a stern visage and a bulging chest. Also, during this time the women's teams adopt the nickname "She Gull."
1970’s: Although the specific origin isn't known, this is when the nickname Sammy Sea Gull debuts.
Sammy Sea Gull has really learned how to spread his wings in the past few years at Salisbury University, a powerhouse in NCAA Division III athletics. The Sea Gulls have won multiple field hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse national championships. Sammy wouldn’t think of missing Homecoming or the Sea Gull Century (a 100-mile bike race hosted by Salisbury University) every year.
While SU’s community-oriented events are always great fun, Sammy still has his heart in SU athletics. Whether it’s cross country, field hockey, football, soccer or volleyball in the fall or over in the Maggs Center for basketball and swimming in the winter to the lacrosse fields, track and field events, tennis courts and baseball and softball diamonds in the spring, Sammy loves to root SU’s fine men and women on to victory. At home games, Sammy can be found hanging out with the cheerleaders or roaming the stands for hugs, high-fives, defense chants or posing for pictures. Sammy shows great sportsmanship and loves to celebrate with the Sea Gull teams when they win a conference or national championship. Sammy also finds time to support the athletic teams when they host benefit games for cancer awareness or other special games or athletic milestones. You can find Sammy all over campus hanging out at the Guerrieri University Center or over in the SU Bookstore checking out the freshest SU gear. Sammy loves playing X-Box with the students in the Fireside Lounge or chowing down on his favorite food ... french fries! But Sammy is health conscious, so he tries to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible.
Sammy has been invited to many regional events such as UMES’s Harry the Hawks annual birthday party, Fruitland’s Trick-or-Treat in the Street Night and many area parades. Meeting Delmarva’s fine citizens brings joy to his little bird heart and he enjoys eliciting smiles from the residents of Holly Center during his visits. Sammy, the Orioles Bird and many other furry friends bring the party to Shorebird Stadium at mascot Sherman’s birthday celebration. Sammy is all about children and he always has time to give out a high-five and autographs, share a hug or stop for a picture with the Wee Gulls. With his dedication to SU and his community, Sammy is a huge part of the Salisbury University campus.
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