Helping Hat Trick – The Man Behind The Mascot Is Battling Kidney Disease And Cancer

Anyone attending an Admirals game at Scope is likely to run into a yellow, furry mascot known as Hat Trick. For twelve years the Admirals Mascot has patrolled the arena high-fiving the fans, shooting t-shirts into the stands, and pumping up the crowd. The kids love him, heck even us older fans love him. Well now the man behind the mascot needs help from us.

Life is full of challenges. Some good, some bad. Art Sessoms recently found out that he has kidney disease and cancer. This is not the challenge we would want anyone to face. Unfortunately Art doesn’t have the choice other than to fight it. And fight it he will.

We have a chance to help the man who brought so many smiles to the children. We have the ability to help the man that pumped up the crowd. We have a chance to simply help another human being.

So what can we do? There are many ways. Keep Art in your thoughts and prayers. Well wishes are always appreciated. There is also a fundraiser to benefit Art being arranged.

The fundraiser is scheduled for Friday August 24 at Big Woody’s at Chesapeake Square. It will start at 6pm and run until 10pm. There will be live music, Cornhole, a silent auction, 50/50, Prizes & more!!. The event is still being worked out so there may be additional details. Please visit the link below for more updates.

Let’s keep Art in our thoughts while he fights this battle. We want Hat Trick off of the injured reserve and back in action in October.

For more information on the fundraiser please visit The Norfolk Admirals Fan’s United Facebook page or the Hope For Hat Trick Facebook Page. Brad Johnson is coordinating the fundraising event.

Leave your well wishes and comments for Hat Trick on the Admirals Facebook page. The Admirals will ensure he see them.


I'm not the average hockey nut. It took a bit to grow, but when it did it was like a drug flowing in my veins. I am a season ticket holder of the Norfolk Admirals, longtime supporter of the Washington Capitals, and part time supporter of the Anaheim Ducks (It's hard, but it can be done). My blog is a result of the lack of good sources of Admirals information and happenings. Our paper provides very weak coverage and there is only so much the Admirals themselves can do. There are not to many blogs that cover the Admirals, and when they do it is just rehashed information from the club, the AHL. Nine times out of ten the blogger doesn't even live in the area or go to the games. So what do I want to do? Hmm...good question. I would use this as an outlet for getting out information about the Admirals. Not necessarily the information provided by official channels, but news and information from a fans point of view. Hopefully this is something I can accomplish. I am open to criticism, comments, contributions of infomation for the site. Thank You and Welcome......

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