Meet Jax the Jaguar, the mighty mascot of Governors State University! Jax is a fierce predator with three passions. One entertaining crowds. Two dancing to music, and three his love for GSU sports. Jax’s natural habitat is the GSU gymnasium; however you can request a private appearance for your events.

Mascot Appearance Request Form

All mascot appearance requests must be submitted using the Mascot Appearance Request Form.

Request Timeline

All requests should be received at least three weeks prior to the event. There are no exceptions to this rule. Requests will be responded to in five (5) to seven (7) business days. Submitting a request does not guarantee an appearance.

In the event that an appearance must be cancelled, athletic department personnel must be given three (3) days prior notice.

Jax is available for appearances throughout the year; however, the summer months, as well as, winter break may be harder to fulfill.

Appearance Fees

Appearance fees vary based on the type of appearance.

  • Internal Division of Student Affairs appearances are free of charge.
  • University appearances are at minimum $25 per hour. 
  • External appearances are $50 per hour.
  • Pricing for appearances outside of Cook or Will Counties will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Jax fees are necessary to maintain the upkeep of the mascot costume's cleanliness as well as to provide funding for additional staff support for Jax when traveling outside of the Division of Student Affairs Department or off GSU's campus.

Additional Appearance Requirements

Accurate directions, location, on-side contact and on-site phone number must be provided.

A private and secure changing room must be provided for the mascot to change and keep belongings locked during the appearance. Water, preferably bottled, must be provided to the mascot.

The mascot cannot be required to be inside the suit for longer than a maximum of one (1) hour at a time before taking a break. If the appearance is outdoors, please allow extra breaks during that allotted time. The mascot is unable to perform in severe weather.

Publicity/Marketing Restrictions

All publicity for the event, whether in advance or afterwards, which mentions an appearance by a mascot or uses university marks (logos), must be approved by the Governors State University Department of Marketing  before use. For approval, please contact Lindsay Gladstone.