October 10, 2014
There is more than meets the eye to one of Texas Tech University's most famous and storied traditions - the Masked Rider. Every piece of the rider's costume holds value and is different than the next. Mackenzie White, a junior from Marble Falls, is the 53rd student to accept the mascot garb.
“My favorite part of the uniform is the mask because it gives the Masked Rider anonymity and mystery,” White said. “When I wear the mask, I am not Mackenzie White, but I am the Masked Rider, who is a symbol of Texas Tech spirit and tradition.”
White said the costume is an important part of the Masked Rider tradition and helps signify Texas Tech's values.
“When clothed in cape, mask and black, the Masked Rider is a fearsome, mysterious figure, which, in my opinion, is a huge part of the reason that the Masked Rider's run sends chills down fan's spines,” White said. “It's a thrilling sight, especially coupled with a black horse running at top speed.”
Since 1954, the Masked Rider has served as one of the most popular traditions at Texas Tech University.
Donate to the Texas Tech Masked Rider Endowment Fund. This endowment fund is set up to help offset the many expenses incurred by the rider each year. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Or send check to:
Masked Rider Endowment
Attn: Center for Campus Life
Lubbock, TX 79409