Capital University Retiring "Crusaders" Nickname, Mascot


BEXLEY, Ohio (WTVN)-- Capital University, a private Lutheran school in Bexley, will retire the nickname "Crusaders" from its athletic teams, as well as retire the mascot "Cappy."

The school's Board of Trustees approved the change after a 15-month study, according to a statement released Monday.

Capital cites pressure from within in the change, saying, "We believe that the University nickname and mascot should be a unifying symbol that enhances school spirit and pride for all who are affiliated with Capital. In recent years, our nickname has been challenged by students and faculty for its connection to the historic Crusades. The detailed study found a significant portion of the Capital Family shares this perspective."

The university adds it will continue to use the name "Crusaders" until a new nickname and mascot is approved. That process will include students and staff.

Capital plays athletics at the NCAA Division III level.

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