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Hamilton’s following continues to grow

Mandy Mitchell, WRAL reporterMay 15, 2019

No matter where he goes, it doesn’t take long for Hamilton to draw a crowd.

The Canes unofficial mascot spends as much time as possible traveling around the Triangle to meet fans who may not be able to make it to the games. He visited a park across the street from Lynn Road Elementary school on Monday afternoon to give kids a chance to stop by and say hello.

“I came straight from my high school, and I came to see the pig when I got word he was going to be here,” said Eleanor Burns.

The Canes unofficial mascot has become a Raleigh celebrity, but this was the first time he got a chance to spend time with so many young children. “It’s new for him,” said Kyle Eckenrode, who refers to himself as “Pig Dad.” “He’s never been around kids but he’s doing really well with it.” Amy Bryan teaches kindergarten at the school and wasn’t going to miss the pig appearance. She said all of her students love Hamilton, and it’s become a topic for learning in class. “It’s been a great concept to add in for current events for our morning slides, tell me something good so we can talk about where Hamilton has been,” she said. “That’s kind of our strategy is to hit different parts of town so that people can get to meet him if they can’t get a chance to meet him at the game or if they can’t find him because it’s pretty tough,” said Eckenrode.

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