WILMINGTON – JAN. 12, 2019 – The Delaware Blue Coats, the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, introduced the team’s new mascot, “
Coaty’s name was inspired by a multitude of suggestions from nearly 1,000 local children enrolled in Wilmington area after-school programs. All students who participated will be invited to a Blue Coats home game this season at the all-new 76ers Fieldhouse, which opens Wednesday, Jan. 23 when the team hosts the Memphis Hustle at 7:00 p.m.
As midnight approached on a stormy night in July 1776, Delaware’s Founding Father Caesar Rodney set out on one of the most important journeys in American history. Rodney rode 80 miles on horseback to Philadelphia to cast a tie-breaking vote for American Independence in the Continental Congress.
Centuries later, the descendant of Rodney’s equestrian hero continues to serve the First State, when he isn’t busy horsing around. Coaty proudly represents the Delaware Blue Coats as the team’s mascot, community ambassador and noble steed.
This high-energy horse is dressed to compete in his authentic Blue Coats basketball uniform. Coaty’s custom kicks comfortably fit his springy hooves and his shiny blue coat and thick navy mane compliment the unique white Delaware-shaped birthmark on his nose.
Incredibly, this speedy equestrian’s athletic prowess isn’t only showcased on the ground, but also in the air. Sixers mascot Franklin taught Coaty how to dunk when he was just a colt, which gives new meaning to the term, “horse fly.”
Coaty’s mission is to use the power of basketball to help Delaware’s youth achieve success in the classroom, on the court, and in their neighborhoods. He hopes you’ll visit him at his stable in the all-new 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington very soon!
ABOUT THE DELAWARE BLUE COATS:
The Delaware Blue Coats are the official NBA G League Affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Blue Coats are named for the legendary 1st Delaware Regiment, which was known for its signature blue combat uniforms and courageous participation in the American Revolution of 1776. The team is set to play the 2018-19 NBA G League season in the all-new 76ers Fieldhouse coming to Wilmington, Delaware. Founding season ticket membership deposits are available now. For more information, visit SIXERS.COM/BlueCoats.
ABOUT THE NBA G LEAGUE:
The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 27 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2018-19 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time-high 53 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2017-18 season boasted NBA G League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs. NBA G League games are available on ESPN’s family of networks and NBA TV.