TUSCALOOSA, ALA. — “Red,” Arkansas State University’s spirit character who delights children and entertains fans at ASU athletic events, won “the best mascot" competition Sunday at the Universal Cheerleader Association’s College Division camp held on the campus of the University of Alabama throughout the weekend.

In addition, ASU’s cheerleading squad captured a superior trophy as well as three superior ribbons and an excellent ribbon at the camp held for cheerleaders, dance teams and mascots.

“Red” beat out 39 other mascots at the camp including representatives from Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn. “Big Al” from camp host Alabama finished second in the competition.

“This was the first time a representative from Arkansas State has attended this camp in the mascot ,” said Martha McFerron, ASU’s cheerleader adviser, who attended the camp with the group. “Red won over some tough competition.”

McFerron said the three-day camp, which was attended by over 1,200 participants,” includes teaching chants, cheers, dance routines, pyramids, safety issues, and how to help the groups interact with fans during athletic contests. On the final day of camp, the participants are judged on their performances.

“Red” was created and introduced to ASU fans during the summer of 2003.