Clutch and wrestling Superstar Booker T
Yao Ming providing training for Clutch
Clutch house sitting for T-MAC
Golfing with Mike James
Saving at the Pump
Crane Games with Clutch
2008 NBA Mascot Bloopers
High Dive Dare
Beware the Bear
BooksAre restaurant menus considered books?
HeroesThe Philly Phanatic, Turbo, whoever is my current boss, Richard Knerr(inventor of Silly String), Rocketman, my two assistants Mike and Mike.
- May 17, 2010 10:42 PM Clutch's Fantasy Mascot Camp 2010 / Clutch Speaks
- Mar 24, 2010 10:33 PM Going Green, Birthdays, Vipers, and TAKS test!!!
- Dec 31, 2009 6:35 PM HAPPY NEW YEAR! CLUTCH'S TOP TENs. GO ROCKETS!!!
- Sep 30, 2009 11:45 PM WE ARE RED NATION!
- Aug 16, 2009 6:23 AM It is a HOT off-season, but will be a hotter season!
- HOUSTON ROCKETS
- NBA Nation ™
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- michael trussell
- Rumble Bison
- Reggy Funfurhuggin
- SuperMascot Rocky
- Benny The Bull
- Damon Blust
- STuff Magic Dragon
- HARRY HAWK
- T.D. The Dolphin
- Stanley C.
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- MR. MET
- Dynamo Diesel
- Pirate Parrot
- Phillie Phanatic
- Weird Al Yankovic
- Dane Cook
- maggie elliott
- C Bruce
- S. T.
About me:.. Named the 5th most recognizable mascot in sports by USA Today in February 2005, Clutch is the Houston Rockets’ number one fan, and can be seen cheering on his team at all Houston Rockets home games. Whether he is creating impromptu comedy, cheerleading, signing autographs, dancing with the Power Dancers (to the beat of his own drum), doling out hugs, or performing on-court skits, Clutch is always a fan favorite. Though a celebrity in his own right, he has also worked with many Hollywood celebrities, sports stars and politicians, including Jack Nicholson, Kevin Costner, George Bush Sr., Tiger Woods, Adam Sandler, Bill Murray, Puff Daddy, Nelly, Chris Tucker, Andy Roddick, Beyonce, Roger Clemens, and WWE Superstars Booker T. and Big Show, to name a few.
While Clutch loves entertaining fans at the Toyota Center, this ubiquitous Houstonian also makes 250-300 Houston area appearances each year, along with 20-25 out of town and international appearances. He has entertained fans all over the continental United States and Alaska, as well as in Russia, England, Kosovo, Bosnia, Canada, Mexico (2 tours), Taiwan, and China (5 tours). He is the only bear to have started a snowball fight on the Great Wall of China! At many of these events Clutch can be seen performing his hysterics not only to the beat of his own drum, but to the beat of his own rock song, “Clutch the Bear,” written and performed by Chance McClain and Frank Bullington of the band Apollo XVIII, and is available for free download at www.rockets.com.
CLUTCH’s philosophy on life can be boiled down to one easy to remember word, SMILES! CLUTCH says that SMILES stands for: Stuffed animal who everyone wants to hug, Marketing the Rockets all over the place all the time, Inspiring the Rockets and their fans to victory, Laughter is more important than anything, Educating youth to make intelligent future oriented decisions is how we all win tomorrow, and Stunts that amaze. Because Clutch is passionate about helping youth, approximately 100 of his Houston area appearances are for elementary schools, where he performs an interactive show entitled “Building A Future.” The four main shows and topics covered are: “Slam Dunk TAKS” (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills), “Just Say No” for Red Ribbon Week and year round anti-drug rallies, “PRIDE” to build character and discourage bullying, and “Healthy Habits” to promote healthy lifestyle choices. In January, 2006, this Houston icon released his first children’s book, titled Clutch’s Day at the Doctor, written by Robert Boudwin and illustrated by Ninh Pham. This debut release was followed up by a 2nd book entitled Clutch’s Hospital Adventure written by Robert Boudwin and Illustrated by Joshua Jones and released in January of 2007. A 3rd installment in the series entitled Clutch Shapes Up written by Robert Boudwin and Illustrated by Jose Lopez is due out in September of 2007. All three books revolve around the teddy bear’s experiences at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. These books are on sale in the Rockets Team Shop, on line at Rocketsshop.com, and given out gratis to students across the city at Clutch’s “Building A Future” School Shows and Memorial Hermann Hospitals.
Always up for a good time, Clutch has been known to perform his hilarious hijinks everywhere, from his favorite balcony at the Toyota Center, to his yearly birthday party, to the annual NBA All Star Game. He loves meeting people and never misses an opportunity to entertain. Hanging out next to his very own statue in the Memorial Hermann Sky Court at the Toyota Center and signing copies of his book pre-game are certainly some of his favorite pastimes. In addition to performing live, Clutch also enjoys writing his regular column, Clutch Speaks, which is entering its fourth year as a staple on rockets.com. As of October, 2006, Clutch’s site boasts upwards of 30,000 visitors per month.
At the annual NBA mascot conference (Yes, these fur balls actually have a conference) Clutch was voted by the rest of his fellow mascots to be the inaugural “NBA Mascot of the Year” in September of 2005. 2005 was the 9th year of the conference, but was the first year this award was voted on and presented. Also in 2005, the Houston Chronicle’s Ultimate Houston issue September 2005 named Clutch the city’s best mascot. This ostentatious Houston icon has been known to be a P.T. Barnum of sorts when it comes to stunts that attract the attention of the media. In 2008 the die hard Rockets fan became the first mascot to ever run a 5K. Clutch ran the 3.2 miles in 44 minutes to raise awareness for the 2008 Rockets Run. He also brought home a first place title in the 2005 NBA “Crazy For The Finals Competition” when he road the Downtown Aquarium’s Diving Bell Ferris Wheel for 24 consecutive hours. A second place title was earned in June, 2006 when Clutch faced off against Haley, mascot for the Houston Comets, in the Toyota Center 100 which was a 100 lap Go-Kart race around the Toyota Center. In April of 2004 during a Rockets playoff drive Clutch spent 112 consecutive hours on a Toyota Center Balcony after vowing not to come down until the Rockets clinched a playoff spot. The dare devil came down from his camp site after the Rockets clinched that playoff spot at home on Friday, April 9th, 2004. In December of 2003, Clutch was recognized for his creativity, hard work, and dedication by being named best mascot in all of sports by gameops.com, a leading sports entertainment and game operations web site. Clutch believes he won the award thanks to the support of his loyal fans (not because he voted for himself day and night for a year).
A proud innovator, Clutch introduced “AIR” or inflatable mascots to professional sports in 1997 with “AIR” Clutch. Other Clutch creations that have been widely popularized and used throughout sports include mascot bowling, a game in which the mascot serves as ball and is shot down the court at 5 foot tall pins by a giant sling shot operated by 3 people, and mascot stilt boxing, self explanatory. He enjoys training and mentoring mascots at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels at both the summer camps he directs and private coaching sessions around the year. As a founding executive board member of the Mascot Hall of Fame, which can be visited at mascothalloffame.com, Clutch is excited to be an integral part of an institution that recognizes and celebrates excellence in the mascot profession. In August 2006, Clutch’s fellow Mascot Hall of Fame executive board members and the 300 person voting membership inducted the character into the Hall at its second annual induction ceremony. He received 3.5 million on-line votes in a month long poll conducted by the Hall of Fame. This was Clutch’s first opportunity for induction, as characters must be in existence for a minimum of 10 years before qualifying for eligibility.
With a state of the art new arena, millions of friends across Houston, and an exciting team to support, in his 13th season with the Rockets, Clutch can’t wait to see what the future will bring! Visit Clutch and the Rockets at www.rockets.com. To schedule Clutch at your next special event please call his trainer, Dominic Davila, at (713) 758-7347.
HONORS, ACCOLADES, and AWARDS
• Winner of the Idea Conference’s Mascot Video Skit of the Year 2007, 2006, and 2004
• Inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006 in His 1st Year of Eligibility (visit mascothalloffame.com)
• Voted 1st Ever NBA “Mascot of the Year” 2005
• Named “Best Mascot” by the Houston Chronicle’s “Ultimate Houston” edition in September 2005
• Winner of the NBA’s 2005 “Crazy For The Finals” mascot stunt competition, 2nd Place finish in 2006
• Named 5th most recognizable mascot of all time by USA Today in February 2005
• 2003 gameops.com Mascot of the Year
• Has Performed Internationally in China, Russia, Taiwan, Kosovo, Bosnia, England, Mexico, and Canada
• Author of 3 Children’s Books: Clutch’s Day At The Doctor, Clutch’s Hospital Adventure and Clutch Shapes Up
• Holds Mascot Record as Only Mascot to Run a 5K (44 Minute Finish Time in 2008)
• Holds Mascot Record for Longest Go-Kart Race (100 Laps Around Toyota Center in 2006)
• Holds Mascot Record for Riding Ferris Wheel for 24 Consecutive Hour (2005)
• Holds Mascot Record for Camping out on Toyota Center Balcony for 112 Straight Hours (2004)
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Who I'd like to meet:
- Status: Single
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: Houston, TX
- Body type: 6' 8" / More to love!
- Ethnicity: Other
- Zodiac Sign: Leo
- Smoke / Drink: No / No
- Education: College graduate
- Occupation: Professional Mascot
University Of Delaware
1992 to 1996
- Graduated: 1996
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: Bachelor's Degree
- Major: Marketing/Management
- Minor: Philosophy
- Clubs: Original YoUDee Performer, WVUD disc jockey, Public Relations Intern
1988 to 1992
- Graduated: 1992
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: High School Diploma
10/18/95 - Present
- Houston, Texas US