Vote Awesome Eagle for the 2014 Delta Dental of Tennessee and OVC Mascot Challenge

Vote Awesome Eagle for the 2014 Delta Dental of Tennessee and OVC Mascot Challenge

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- It’s time to show your support for Awesome Eagle! Delta Dental of Tennessee and the Ohio Valley Conference present the 2014 Mascot Challenge as fans, students, faculty and alumni can vote for their favorite OVC Mascot between Friday, Feb. 21, and Thursday, March 6.

You can vote once a day for Awesome Eagle at

There are 12 OVC Mascots included in the competition. Murray State's Dunker won last year's Mascot Challenge, receiving more than 6,000 votes.

"OVC schools are known for their fierce competition on and off the courts and fields. This contest presents a great opportunity to allow our fans to choose their favorite mascot," said Beth DeBauche, OVC Commissioner. "We know our OVC students, faculty, alumni and fans have great pride in their schools and will enjoy trying to earn the bragging rights for earning the most votes for the best mascot in the Conference. We salute Delta Dental of Tennessee for supporting the OVC and being a good partner in our communities."

The competing OVC Mascots are: Austin Peay – The Governor, Belmont – Bruiser the Bruin, Eastern Illinois – Billy the Panther, Eastern Kentucky – The Colonel, Jacksonville State – Cocky, Morehead State – Beaker, Murray State – Dunker, Southeast Missouri – Rowdy, SIUE – Eddie the Cougar, Tennessee State – Aristocat, Tennessee Tech – Awesome Eagle, UT Martin – Captain.

Voting begins at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 21 and concludes at 12 p.m. on March 6, 2014. The Mascot with the most votes will earn "bragging rights" and their school will be awarded $1000 for the general scholarship fund. The winner of the 2014 OVC Mascot Challenge will be announced on March 7 at the OVC Tournament in Nashville.

"Delta Dental of Tennessee understands the power and pride of mascots. Our mascot, Marshall Molar, teaches kids across the state the importance of good oral health. We are proud to support OVC schools and believe the OVC Mascot Challenge is a fun way to promote healthy competition between the twelve schools," said Phil Wenk, D.D.S., president and CEO, Delta Dental of Tennessee.

Delta Dental of Tennessee, with its affiliates in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina and Ohio are among the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. In 2012, the collective enterprise paid out nearly $3 billion for dental treatment for nearly 11 million enrollees. Offices are located in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis, Tenn.; Sherwood and Little Rock, Ark.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Louisville, Ky.; Okemos and Farmington Hills, Mich.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.; and Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio.