sam the minuteman

Sam the Minuteman

For half a century Sam the Minuteman has represented the pride and spirit of the UMass Amherst campus and athletics programs. A local and regional favorite, Sam gained national recognition thanks to his appearances in a number of ESPN’s famous “This is SportsCenter” commercials and has represented UMass on NBC’s “Today” show and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”  

Not only can you find Sam cheering on the Minutewomen and Minutemen at many UMass Athletics contests, you’ll often find him on campus and in the local community for various events, functions and sometimes just saying “Hi” and spreading the university’s “Revolutionary” spirit!

In conjunction with UMass Athletics, University Relations coordinates Sam’s activities and appearances.

To Request Sam at Your Event

If your campus or community organization is interested in having Sam at your event, please complete this form with the details and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request. Please note there may be fees associated with private, non-university events such as weddings, private parties, corporate events, etc.

Be Part of Sam’s Team!

UMass Athletics and University Relations co-manage Sam both in the “real-world” and on social media, and are always looking for energetic students to join their team as performers, handlers and digital collaborators. Interested students can email to schedule a meeting with the mascot managers – no previous experience is required, although it’s always welcomed!