UpDate - Vol. 15, No. 7, Page 2 October 12, 1995 Moving on; Student selected as mascot for Houston Rockets Robert (Bob) Boudwin, the University student who first donned the YoUDee costume when it was introduced two years ago, is leaving the University to accept the position of professional mascot for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. Boudwin, 21, is a marketing major with a 3.3 grade point average. He is originally from Blue Bell, Pa., and his parents, Paul and Donna Boudwin, now live in Scottsdale, Ariz. YoUDee was introduced as the University of Delaware's Fightin' Blue Hen mascot in 1993, and since then, Boudwin has shaped the Hen's persona. "Over the past two years, YoUDee has made more than 500 appearances on and off campus. Whether at a football game, birthday party, wedding rehearsal or corporate promotional program, Bob Boudwin brought a creative and humorous flare to each appearance," Edward Stoner, coordinator of the mascot program in the UD Office of Public Relations, said. "I can't believe they are going to pay me for doing something I love so much," Boudwin said. "We are excited about adding someone as talented as Robert to our team and expect great things from him," Mike Burch, director of marketing for the Houston Rockets, said. "Bob, as YoUDee, brought a new level of excitement to Delaware athletics. He has set the standard against which YoUDees of the future will be judged. Just as YoUDee has become the best mascot in the North Atlantic Conference, I suspect that Bob will give the Rockets the best mascot in pro basketball," said Edgar Johnson, director of athletics at UD. "Robert has done an outstanding job crafting YoUDee into a wonderfully entertaining ambassador for the University of Delaware. He has improved with each year and appearance, taking full advantage of the University's resources and training. We expect the mascot program to continue to flourish in the years to come," UD President David Roselle said. Some of Boudwin's accomplishments during his years as YoUDee include: * First-place mascot (from a field of 26) at the Northeast Regional Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) summer camp in 1994. * Eleventh-place mascot nationally for UCA championship in 1994. * Selected as West Coast mascot instructor for UCA's summer camps in 1995. In addition to his responsibilities as YoUDee, Boudwin has been an on-air personality for WVUD (91.3 FM), served as "J-Bear" for WJBR (99.5 FM) and had a brief stint as "Rocky Bluewinkle" with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.