Written by: Ben Samples
High Rider Abbey Stark and Saddle Tramp Chance Mckee both served as Raider Red for
Texas Tech University honored the 2007-2008 Raider Red mascots in April at the second
annual Passing of the Guns ceremony. For the second year, the outgoing mascots revealed
their identities after serving anonymously.
Abbey Stark, a senior family and consumer sciences major from Gainesville, and Chance
McKee, a senior public relations major from Sulphur Springs, removed their masks
as they passed the guns to the next generation of Raider Reds.
“Serving as an ambassador for Texas Tech, in and out of the costume, was a unique
college experience,” said McKee. “Raider Red is a symbol of pride and tradition –
it encompasses everything that is Texas Tech.”
Four students currently act as Raider Red at various community events, football,
basketball, volleyball, and baseball games. Each year, two new mascots are selected
to serve in secrecy.
“Nobody knows who you are the whole time,” said Stark. “It’s not something I did
for my own personal benefit, but something I did to be part of the university.”
Related2006-2007 Passing of the Guns Ceremony
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Raider Red was born in 1971, created by the Saddle Tramps from drawings by Dirk West, a Lubbock cartoonist.
In 2005, a new partnership between the Saddle Tramps, High Riders and the Center for Campus Life expanded the role of Raider Red, increasing the number of students serving in the
mascot's role from one to four.