Carondelet Cougar Roars to Life with Fresh New Look


Athletics program kicks off the school year with new logo, mission, director and partnerships

Varsity volleyball players Shaelyn McHugh '16, Sarah Hodson '16, and Dom Carpinello '16 show off Carondelet's powerful new cougar, which is being released on the eve of the school's 50th year.
Varsity volleyball players Shaelyn McHugh '16, Sarah Hodson '16, and Dom Carpenello '16 show off Carondelet's powerful new cougar, which is being released on the eve of the school's 50th year.

Concord, Calif. (Aug. 5, 2015) – Carondelet High School proudly released its new cougar today, which is leaping across the freshly painted gym floor and onto Carondelet's new athletic uniforms and gear.

"Strong, courageous, proud, and graceful, the cougar is the ideal mascot for Carondelet High School, whose student athletes embody these attributes as they engage in 26 teams, including 12 CIF-sanctioned sports," said Carondelet's new Athletics Director Caitlin Lawson '05.

Unveiled for the start of the 2015-16 school year, the new look of the mascot – a sleek, majestic, bounding cat – also demonstrates the forward movement, unlimited possibility, and power of Carondelet's incredible community of students and alumnae. Since 1976, the cougar has been the Carondelet mascot – replacing, by popular student vote, the "conquistador," the school's original mascot. Now, as Carondelet begins the celebration of its 50th year, a new image of its cougar is moving the school forward.

The new cougar pays tribute to the hard work and dedication of Carondelet's student athletes, coaches and fans, and highlights the importance of women's sports, which can increase girls' confidence, teamwork, leadership skills and their commitment to academics.

As part of Carondelet's renewed commitment to its extensive and competitive athletics program, it has unveiled a new athletics mission statement, vision statement and core values that demonstrate the school's appreciation for how sports positively impact athletes' lives and experience in high school and beyond.

Carondelet is also proud to announce a new partnership with Nike and Eastbay athletic apparel distributer, which will outfit students with top-quality uniforms featuring the new cougar. Additionally, Carondelet has recently inked a deal with Alta Gracia Apparel to add their living-wage clothing line to the school store. Alta Gracia is the first-ever apparel factory in the developing world to pay a living wage and demonstrate full respect for workers' rights.

Carondelet's fall sports – volleyball, cross-country, golf, tennis and water polo – kick off in mid-September. For updated schedules, please visit www.carondelet.net/athletics.

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