Vote for Calvary’s mascot, Nikao, on April 22!
In lieu of the traditional “March Madness,” the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) is hosting NCCAA Logo Madness. At the end of March, all schools in the LEAGUE were randomly matched to form a bracket, with matches posted on Twitter for voting. On April 14, Calvary’s mascot “Nikao” won its third round and advanced to the “sweet sixteen.”
Calvary’s mascot, Nikao, was designed by Adam Weeks in collaboration with Phillip Parker during the 2015-2016 school year. Weeks said, “Calvary had been looking to update the mascot for their Warriors athletics teams to give a more modern design. Philip Parker, the ARA on my hall my freshman year heard that I had done some graphic design and asked if I would be interested in helping to redesign the mascot, a project he had been wanting to start for some time.”
Weeks made a rough draft based on the parameters of “a clean, professional-looking design of a Spartan-style warrior utilizing the teams’ colors of red, gold, and black.” Parker and the Athletics leadership worked with Weeks to revise the design until a final version was approved. Since designing the logo in 2015, Weeks has been involved in several other design projects for Calvary events and groups. He graduated from Calvary’s Biblical Counseling program in May, 2019, and now works as Calvary’s Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications.
Weeks said, “The Warrior has been the team name for Calvary’s athletic teams for over five decades, but the name Nikao, meaning “to conquer”, was chosen for the new mascot design to reflect our victory in Christ.” Athletic Director Jeanette Regier added, “We chose the name because that is what we feel God calls us toward. We want our athletes to learn principles for how to take God’s truth and use it in the battles of life.”
The next round of voting for the NCCAA Logo Madness tournament takes place April 22. You can vote on Twitter @NCCAAChamps, and retweet asking your friends to vote.