Introduced in 1993 * Created NBA's Mascot Conference * Recognized by peers and fans as one of the top NBA mascots * Received the RC Willey community service award * Day named after the Jazz Bear by the Governor of Utah * Received over 50 other community service awards for charity work *
Born deep in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, "Bear" was destined to be a star. After graduating Bear Point Academy and performing as a member of the Bearnum and Bailey Circus (where Bear learned most of his tricks), Bear was finally discovered by a Jazz scout and was able to bring his high-flying, crowd-pumping skills to Jazz fans young and old. Jazz Bear separates himself from the rest with his combination of pyrotechnics and acrobatics. Jazz fans have the pleasure of watching Bear repel from the arena ceiling, as well as sledding, surfing and biking down the arena stairs. Some Bears hibernate when it gets cold; Jazz Bear prefers dunking through hoops of fire for warmth. A winner of numerous community awards, Bear is a huge part of the Jazz's success.