Phoenix Suns GorillaFebruary 22, 2016
How many community events do you show up for?
I participate in an average of 350 appearances a season. Last season, I made a whopping 485 community-based appearances! That’s not including our 44 home games. I’m one busy ape!
How many years have you represented the Suns?
I’ve been representing the Phoenix Suns organization for more years than I can count on my fingers and toes! I started with the organization in 1980 when I made my famous debut during a Suns home game. My on-the-court antics have been a fan favorite for decades, but I think we can all agree, I look good for my age.
Have you ever been hurt with your acrobatics?
As with any sport, there will always be bumps and bruises. I’ve always been a fearless flyer with an affinity for defying gravity with my dunks.
What programs have you enjoyed the most supporting?
The Phoenix Suns’ mission is to support Valley non-profits who support the needs of children and families in Arizona. Working with kids has always been near and dear to my heart.
What aspect of your showing up for events do you like most?
I love being the center of attention. It’s hard not to be when you’re a gorilla in a sea full of people. Meeting Suns fans and putting a smile on people’s faces is something I really enjoy.
Are you a board member of PHX Suns Charities? How does the Foundation help the community?
I’m a huge supporter of Phoenix Suns Charities, but it takes a village to support our community. The foundation grants over $1 million dollars annually to local organizations that assist the needs of children and their families in Arizona. Since its inception in 1988, Phoenix Suns Charities has donated nearly $15 million dollars to Arizona charities.
Do you hang out with Baxter, Howler, and/or Big Red?
Of course! There’s never a dull moment when we’re all together. But, wait, who am I missing…? Oh, my best friend Scorch, who cheers on the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury!
Does it cost anything to hire the Gorilla?
Yes, will work for bananas! Actually, I am completely free for hire to local charities, schools and local businesses who are a part of the Phoenix Suns family! ‘Bout those bananas though.