Students at Grand Blanc West Middle School in Michigan love their bobcat mascot but no one actually knows who the person behind the mask is. It’s 13-year-old Andrese Duke who happens to have autism. Andrese has been donning the costume for 5 months now and he really enjoys making people smile and cheer.
It all started when Andrese saw the costume in a closet, he was immediately drawn to it and the school gave him a chance to try it out. His mom says he takes the job of being a mascot seriously and gets excited every time he puts on the bobcat costume. Andrese’s special education teacher says that as a result he is making friends and feeling more comfortable socially. Watch the MLive video above to see Andrese in action.