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Support the statue!




To learn more, contact:

Anne DiGiacomo ’80
Senior Director for Affinity and Special Project Fundraising

Homecoming 2013 Touchdown photos are here!

Visit the gallery page to find your photo or take a look at all the other great poses with Touchdown.

Touchdown had lots of fans this year. Thanks for being among them!

A Gift, a Monument, and a Home

Inspiring Big Red pride, excellence, and camaraderie, Touchdown the Bear is a powerful icon and symbol for the Cornell community.

As a special gift from alumni and friends, a bronze bear cub statue has been commissioned to rise in 2015, at the corner of Campus Road and Garden Avenue, in front of Teagle Hall. This statue—along with the beautiful landscaping surrounding it—will be a monument and a symbolic home to the real cubs who each served as Cornell’s unofficial mascot early on in the university’s history.

John H. Foote '74 (author of Touchdown, the Story of the Cornell Bear) and Joseph Thanhauser '71 are spearheading the effort. With seed funding provided by Foote, Thanhauser, and Alon Mass ’08, this project needs your help to successfully raise the needed total amount of $250,000. This funding will cover the cost of the bronze statue, site preparation and landscaping, and a maintenance endowment.

Help bring Touchdown home for 2015. You can make Cornell history today by making a gift in support of the statue!

Our Four Bears

Once upon a time in Cornell’s past, Touchdown was real—and was not one but four black bear cubs.
Marking a triumphant moment for Cornell, the football team had its first undefeated season and national championship season in 1915, accompanied by the first Touchdown the Bear. Three cubs followed suit as the university’s unofficial mascot in 1916, 1919, and 1939.

To honor the four bear cubs and to remember the 100th anniversary of Cornell’s first great football victory (and the 100th anniversary of Schoellkopf Field), we are commissioning a Touchdown statue to be unveiled in 2015. In the likeness of the cubs who symbolized Cornell, the statue will be dedicated during Homecoming weekend as one of many milestones for Cornell’s sesquicentennial celebration.