Alas, the costume will require a new wearer this season. Charlery — who has been Washington’s mascot since 2006 — is off to Charlotte, where he will become the Hornets’ new Hugo character.
That leaves big, possibly furry shoes to fill in Washington, and the team has posted an ad for Charlery’s replacement. Among the responsibilities:
* Interacting in a fun and creative way with patrons at Verizon Center* Developing new and interactive ways to encourage the patrons to cheer for the Wizards* Creating fun interactive skits* Interaction in on-court sponsorship contests with fans* Brainstorm and develop skits and videos to enhance the patron’s game night experience* Maintain an inventory of all costumes, props and additional toys and ensure that all these elements are kept in proper working order throughout the Wizards season* Must be physically capable of performing in costume throughout all scheduled games and appearances, and must be able to perform tumbling/stunt routines as requested by Game Operations
The successful candidate must have at least two years of mascotting experience; “previous dunking experience preferred.” For an idea of what it takes, check out this 2011 interview with Charlery:
G-Wiz is the main mascot, your funny, comedic-type character. And G-Man is like the alter ego, more your high-energy acrobatic dunking-type character who only comes out in the fourth quarter. You know: pump-up time. Other teams have two guys, but I do both [characters]. Initially, G-Man was more my speed, because I’d been an acrobatic performer. But the past season or so, I don’t know, with G-Wiz I can really speak vicariously for the crowd. It’s a side of myself that I don’t usually get a chance to portray. I’m just a quiet guy that sits in my cube….I’ve gotten better. I mean, now I think I’m one of the more polished mascots in the league. I always tell myself before I step on the court: You work hard, so let’s show ’em what you’ve done. No one else was here with me ’til 12 o’clock at night practicing, so it’s not time to go out there and lay an egg; it’s time to go out there and put on a good show.