Louie The Loper

Louie the Loper

You’ll see him around campus, at athletic events and during community celebrations.

Louie the Loper is the official mascot of the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

This larger-than-life antelope attends all home athletic contests, as well as events such as commencement, Freshman Convocation, New Student Enrollment and Blue Gold Welcome Week. Sporting a blue football jersey or white basketball jersey, depending on the season, Louie is the only Loper mascot in the country.

In 2011, he gained national fame as a finalist in the SportsTalkNY Mascot Madness competition.

The student body selected the antelope as the school mascot in 1910 because “it symbolized strength, swiftness and the ability to adapt to adverse conditions.” The school newspaper called the antelope “the swiftest, most beautiful and most graceful animal in the Western Plains.”

Although Loper legend often refers to the mascot as a North American antelope, there actually are no antelopes in North America. The pronghorn, which looks like an antelope and is commonly called an antelope, is likely what the students were referring to.

During the 1950s, the local newspaper, the Kearney Hub, began using a shortened version of antelopes – Lopers – to refer to the school’s athletic teams. The student newspaper quickly picked up the name, and it stuck.

To book an appearance from Louie the Loper, call the Office of Student Engagement at 308-865-8523 or complete the online request form. Requests must be made at least two weeks prior to the event.