John Jay athletics has the perfect new mascot residing just 2 miles from its campus. I’m talking about the 50 plus WOLVES that reside at the Wolf Conservation Center ( The attributes of wolves align perfectly with sports teams. Wolves are courageous, protective, determined, proud, fair and noble leaders. Choosing the Wolf as a mascot would also help bring attention to the important work being done at the WCC which is 1) to educate the public about the crucial role wolves play in our ecosystems and, 2) as active participants in the recovery of the two most critically endangered wolf species in North America. It’s a win-win – a strong new mascot name while supporting a truly worthy environmental cause.