24 Foundation is back for it’s third year in Indianapolis at Butler University. The famously known live bulldog mascot of the University, Blue III, will be making an appearance at this year’s 24 Foundation.
Butler University has had unofficial live bulldog mascots for years, but it wasn’t until 2000 that Butler Blue became the first official live mascot for the school. To date, there have been three dogs that have carried the name Blue, which is the primary color of the university.
“We’re on our third “Blue”, but we affectionately call him “Trip”, which is short for “triple” as he is the third in succession,” said Michael Kaltenmark, Trip’s caretaker and 24 Foundation rider. “The previous two mascots were called “Blue”, but there was overlap in tenure for Blue I and Blue II so that’s why Blue III got a nickname.”
Butler Blue has become a bona fide celebrity in the city of Indianapolis and his presence is highly regarded. Blue is a living, breathing ambassador for Butler University, but more than that, Blue has become a point of pride for the city of Indianapolis.
“He brings a smile to the faces of children and adults alike, and he’s in high demand for photos and “selfies” no matter where we go,” Michael said.
Blue loves to go to work, especially when it involves lending his voice and celebrity status to good causes like 24 Foundation’s fight against cancer. 24 Foundation provides Butler University with a great opportunity to join the fight against cancer, promote health and well-being through cycling and emphasizing community through fellowship and place.
“Welcoming groups and events like 24 Foundation to campus is always great fun, and since there are bikes involved, Blue is all too excited to be a part of the action,” Michael said. “He’s [“Trip”] hoping to get a tow around the course this year.