From Sparky the Sun Devil, ASU’s beloved mascot, to the Duel in the Desert rivalry game, there are plenty of ASU traditions to help spark your own Sun Devil pride.
Sparky the Sun Devil
Sparky the Sun Devil is the official mascot of Arizona State University. Former mascots include an owl, a “Normal” (named for the Tempe Normal School), and a bulldog. On November 8, 1946, the student body voted 819 to 196 to change the mascot to a Sun Devil. Two years later, alumnus and Disney illustrator Bert Anthony designed “Sparky,” a devil holding a trident (colloquially referred to as a pitchfork).
Fear the Fork
The original Sparky the Sun Devil mascot wore a silk jumpsuit with a long tail and carried a pitchfork. This pitchfork, or trident, is still carried by Sparky today to ensure ASU’s rivals “Fear the Fork.” The pitchfork logo can also be seen on the helmets worn by the Arizona State Sun Devils football team.
Palm Walk dates back to 1916. Located on the Tempe campus, Palm Walk is the most popular corridor and is lined with palm trees reaching heights of over 90 feet.
Fork ‘Em Devils
One of the easiest ways to recognize a Sun Devil is by seeing them sport the Fork ‘Em Devils hand sign, the universal sign of ASU pride. This hand gesture is widely used by those associated with ASU and is an extension of the trident that Sparky carries.
Sun Devil Stadium
ASU has fielded a football team since 1897. After its 2019 renovation, the stadium seats over 53,000 fans and is famous for its student section rightfully named “The Inferno.”
ASU Sun Devil football team
The Arizona State Sun Devils football team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference. Famous Sun Devil Pat Tillman (#42) began his college career as a linebacker for ASU and later played professionally with the Arizona Cardinals before leaving football to enlist in the U.S. Army shortly after the September 11 attacks.
With graduating classes well into the thousands each year, many Sun Devils choose to stand out and show something unique about themselves by decorating the top of their graduation caps, such as with the flag of their home state. How will you decorate yours to show your ASU pride?
ASU Alumni Association
No matter where you are in the world, you can connect with other Sun Devils in your area through an ASU Alumni Association chapter. Get involved and start networking.