After LSU fan starts GoFundMe to buy Clemson mascot new outfit, money raised will be used to save wild tigers worldwide

After LSU fan starts GoFundMe to buy Clemson mascot new outfit, money raised will be used to save wild tigers worldwide
An LSU fan has started a GoFundMe to buy the Clemson mascot a new outfit after numerous jokes have been made about its appearance. (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Ahead of the College Football Playoff National Championship, there was a lot of talk comparing the LSU and Clemson tiger mascots to each other.

Name brand vs. Great value. Miss me. #GEAUX Preview the big game: http://bit.ly/2Tk5icQ

Posted by WAFB Channel 9 on Monday, January 13, 2020

One is the name brand... and well, one is the Great Value brand.

However, that playful banter has now turned into something that will benefit wild tigers worldwide.

LSU fan Dion Grossnickle felt bad about the state of the Clemson mascot and started a GoFundMe to buy the mascot a new costume.

The GoFundMe was posted Monday, Jan. 13 just before 9 p.m.

“After turning on the national championship game on Monday the 13th I thought bad for The Clemson Tiger. It seems that the University purchased their mascot costume from the clearance rack from TG&Y in 1981. All proceeds will be mailed to the Clemson University Athletic Department at the conclusion of the fundraiser. GO LSU!!!”
Dion Grossnickle, organizer

Within days, the fundraiser exceeded its $1,000 goal.

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Clemson Tiger meme.
Clemson Tiger meme. (Source: Facebook)

In a new Facebook post, Grossnickle writes $2931.39 collected through the GoFundMe will be donated to the Tigers United University Consortium.

Never thought I would be writing a check to Clemson University. So this joke that I attempted to make turned into...

Posted by Dion Grossnickle on Thursday, January 23, 2020

Auburn University, Clemson University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Missouri all participate in Tigers United. The partnership was created to save the remaining populations of wild tigers and double the number of tigers inhabiting the wild by 2022.

“Through the consortium, the four universities combine their expertise in academic disciplines important to tiger conservation and protection—wildlife management, engineering, environmental science, conservation social science, veterinary medicine, communications, and eco-tourism, to name a few,” states information on Tigers United’s website. “With more than one university approaching the problem, the odds of success increase.”

“Geaux Tigahs and Go Tigers,” wrote Grossnickle.

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