Ty Richards has a campus job unlike any other. That’s because he’s responsible for one of the most important figures on MSU’s campus. The kinesiology senior–who is now co-director of the Sparty Mascot Program–has been one of Sparty’s student escorts since he was a freshman. “It’s just so cool because it’s such a different approach you can take to being involved on campus,” Richards said. “A lot of kids just see Sparty on the football fields or basketball arena and they’re like wow that’s awesome, but being able to have the opportunity to take Sparty to events…to just lighten people’s moods is amazing.”
And Richards says it’s a job and responsibility he and the rest of the escorts hold with great pride. “Without the 15 or 20 very determined and responsible individuals that we have…the process wouldn’t be able to run, because they need to be there…they’re Sparty’s eyes and ears,” he said.