CO moonlights as sports team’s mascot

Putting on the Kickeroo costume gives him a chance to decompress from the day job


CorrectionsOne Staff

RICHMOND, Va. — By day, Jacob Maupin is all business as a senior corrections officer. At night, Maupin is able to decompress under a 20-pound costume as the mascot for the Richmond Kickers.

Maupin took on the role of Kickeroo nine years ago and enjoys every minute of it, reports WTVR

The two jobs couldn’t be more different, but Maupin knows that when he puts on his CO uniform, it’s time to get serious and go to work at the Virginia Women's Correctional Center in Powhatan.

Putting on the Kickeroo costume gives him a chance to decompress from the day job. 

"When I put this costume on, it's time to go out there and have a great time, make people laugh, make people smile," he told WTVR.

When his fellow COs learned about his night gig, they all had the same questions that most kids do: Is it fun? Is it hard? Is it hot?

There is one thing he has learned from being a mascot that he has brought with him to his CO job. 

"You can have a positive impact on anybody. When I come to work here, I try to impress a lot of things on the offenders that we have. Even though you're at your lowest of lows here, this doesn't define you. You can still be a productive citizen," Maupin said.

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