On Thursday, May 19, 2016, San Antonio resident Rob Wicall announced his retirement from his longtime position as the Coyote, the popular mascot of the San Antonio Spurs. Approximately three years ago, Rob was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a type of arthritis that primarily affects the spine and back. While Rob has enjoyed his long tenure with the San Antonio Spurs, he is looking forward to serving in leadership roles throughout the San Antonio community.
“Of course it’s bittersweet, but I am excited to spend game nights with my family, explore some creative projects, and be open to whatever other opportunities present themselves,” said Wicall. “Three years ago I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis, and so I am passionate about staying fit and speaking on behalf of arthritis sufferers everywhere.”
During his tenure as the Coyote, he not only donned the costume for games but also provided creative content for in-arena entertainment, and performed all over the world with his unique ability to combine comedy and athleticism. In the coming months, Rob plans on working with the Arthritis Foundation to raise money and bring awareness to arthritis. Wicall has been instrumental in forming the local San Antonio leadership board of the Arthritis Foundation, and will serve as this year’s adult honoree at the 2016 Jingle Bell Run in San Antonio.
“We are very excited to partner with Rob,” said Pat Bodet, Development Director of the Arthritis Foundation’s San Antonio office. “We believe that because of his energy and dedication, he will have a tremendous impact in growing awareness for arthritis and help to raise the funds necessary to find a cure.”
- Man Behind the Coyote Gives a Tearful Farewell (KENS5 San Antonio News)
- Farewell to Spurs Legend (espn.com)