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UA's Wilma the Wildcat is chosen for Capital One All-American Mascot Team

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The University of Arizona’s Wilma The Wildcat has been selected as one of the spirited mascots to be a member of the 11th annual Capital One All-America Mascot Team. Wilma is making history by being one of two female mascots to join the competition for the first time in the eleven years the challenge has existed. Wilma is joined by 15 other mascots that will go head-to-head throughout the college football season in mascot matchups determined exclusively by fan voting. When the dust settles, Wilma hopes to be the first ever female mascot named the Capital One National Mascot of the Year at the 2013 Capital One Bowl.

Members of the 2012 Capital One All-America Mascot Team, as nominated by their schools and selected by a panel of judges from Capital One and the mascot community, are detailed below.

Wilma T. Wildcat of the University of Arizona Sparty of Michigan State University

Cosmo of Brigham Young University Mike the Tiger of Louisiana State University

Testudo of the University of Maryland Wolfie Jr. of the University of Nevada

Cam the Ram of Colorado State YoUDee of the University of Delaware

Truman the Tiger of the University of Missouri Bucky Badger of the University of Wisconsin

Ms. Wuf of North Carolina State University The Duck of The University of Oregon

Scarlet Knight of Rutgers University Cocky of the University of South Carolina

Sebastian the Ibis of the University of Miami Raider Red of Texas Tech University

This year, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look inside the Capital One Mascot Training Camp, a place where mascots become the best of the best. Learning about mascot cohabitation, social media etiquette and everyday manners, mascots attend a series of classes, lectures and challenges to become the best. The quirky video vignettes will be released at www.CapitalOneBowl.com and www.Facebook.com/MascotChallenge weekly.

For the first time, fans will be able to vote for their favorite mascots via Twitter. Regular season voting has begun and continues weekly through November 26, 2012. The top eight mascots with the best head-to-head records will then compete in a bracket-style, single-elimination competition to determine the overall winner.

Arizona Athletics is asking you to support Wilma T. Wildcat this season by casting votes for Wilma. Fans can vote via:

1. Twitter: Create a tweet with the hashtag #CapitalOneWilma (one vote per account allowed every day)

2. Facebook: facebook.com/capitalonemascotchallenge (one vote per account allowed every day)

3. Website: www.CapitalOneBowl.com (unlimited voting allowed)

The Capital One National Mascot of the Year will be announced at the Capital One Bowl on January 1, 2013 and will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship to help fund its school’s mascot program. Each of the 2012 Capital One All-America team members will also receive $5,000 for their university mascot program. Should Wilma win the contest, the monies donated to the program will benefit the Wilbur T. and Wilma T. Mascot Endowment that was started years ago by an alumni Wilbur. The University of Arizona Mascots participate voluntarily and the Capital One National Mascot program would enhance the existing mascot endowment a great deal and would allow for scholarship support.

For fans that missed out on seeing their favorite mascot in the challenge, a “write-in” campaign will be available. Fans are encouraged to log on to www.CapitalOneBowl.com to vote for their school’s mascot for a chance to be a part of the 2013 Capital One Mascot Challenge.

About Wilma The Wildcat Mascot

· Wilma was created when costume designers were attempting to make another costume for Wilbur. They created Wilma instead.

· Wilma the Wildcat made her first appearance on March 1, 1986. She was on a blind date with Wilbur.

· Wilbur and Wilma were married on November 21, 1986 before the Arizona-Arizona State football game.

· Wilma’s primary responsibilities include Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Basketball and softball.

· Two UA female students portray Wilma.

· In, 2006, Wilbur and Wilma renewed their vowed at the ASU to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.

About Capital One:

Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., and ING Bank, fsb, had $213.9 billion in deposits and $296.6 billion in total assets outstanding as of June 30, 2012. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One and ING DIRECT offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index.

Capital One, an NCAA Corporate Champion, began its affiliation with college sports with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) and ESPN’s Capital One Bowl Week. In addition, Capital One sponsors the ABC College Football Halftime Report, Capital One All-America Mascot team, Capital One Academic All-America Program, and supports all 89 NCAA Championships including the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, and numerous other collegiate athletics programs.

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