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28 Mar 2024

Getting to Know the Mascots: UJ’s loveable Hoepie

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In the exciting world of university sports, mascots play an important role in bringing fans together and adding excitement to game days. Meet Hoepie, the beloved mascot of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), who embodies the spirit of UJ's passionate sports community.


Hoepie's journey began with the FNB Varsity Cup, where he quickly became a favourite among UJ supporters. Named after the African hoopoe, a bird native to Southern Africa, Hoepie symbolizes the beauty of the region.  His selection as UJ's official symbol reflects the university's commitment to celebrating its local heritage while embracing the tournament.


What makes Hoepie special is his unwavering support for UJ teams. From rugby to netball, football to hockey, he can be found cheering on the sidelines with infectious enthusiasm. Beyond sports, Hoepie emphasizes the importance of physical and mental fitness, often seen encouraging students in the gym.


Despite being unable to speak due to a vocal injury, Hoepie communicates through expressive gestures, forming deep connections with students and fans. He's always eager to engage with the UJ community, whether it's through halftime dances or social media updates on the official UJ Sport Facebook page.


In a university known for its loyal fans, Hoepie stands out as a symbol of school spirit and inclusivity. With his vibrant personality and genuine enthusiasm, he continues to unite the UJ community and inspire pride among supporters.


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