OLOL Children's Hospital announces gator mascot's official name is Dash

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The gator mascot for Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital finally has a name and it's Dash!

The announcement was made Friday morning at St. James Episcopal Day School. That's because 6-year-old Cannon Jack Duncan submitted the winning name.

Duncan's name was selected out of hundreds of submissions from children in local schools. The mascot is featured in the annual half marathon fundraising event, which had a total of 2,200 runners this year.

"We loved the name Dash because of its reference to running," said Shaun Kemmerly, MD, chief medical officer of Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. "When we found out that the winner's brother who inspired the name is on his way to becoming a doctor, it was clear that we picked the perfect name for our gator!"

He said he named the gator after his brother Dash, who is a graduating college senior.

"Dash Duncan is coincidentally also headed to medical school in the fall," states a press release.

In addition to the new name, OLOL announced the winners of the Amazing Half Marathon school participation contest. The Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet (FLAIM) captured first place with 60 participants, and St. James came in second with 20 runners.

The school contest was a program to encourage kids to get active, but the winners also received monetary prizes to go toward physical education equipment.

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