If you’ve been to a Golden State Warriors game recently, or watched an NBA game on League Pass, chances are you’re familiar with Red Panda. She’s a sensational and popular acrobat who regularly performs at halftime shows, both for the Warriors, and for the other teams in the league.
Red Panda’s show is both unique and mesmerizing. She balances atop a seven and a half-foot tall unicycle, and uses her feet to flip stacks of bowls onto her head. It’s unreal. If you haven’t seen it, check it out:
Unfortunately, last week Red Panda’s unicycle went missing. It wasn’t scanned properly by the security at San Francisco International Airport, and the necessary tool for her act, which cost $25,000, was gone.
When the Warriors found out about the debacle, they stepped in and purchased her a new unicycle so the shows can continue. After word got out, the team announced the move on social media.
“The Red Panda is legendary and absolutely loved and adored by everyone, especially our fans and season tickets holders. With a new, custom made unicycle we are glad that we could do our small part to help this great tradition continue.” -Warriors President & COO @RickWelts pic.twitter.com/EjPhHFYGbQ— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 2, 2018
The tweet has a quote from team President and COO Rick Welts. It reads, “The Red Panda is legendary and absolutely loved and adored by everyone, especially our fans and season ticket holders. With a new, custom made unicycle we are glad that we could do our small part to help this great tradition continue.”
The gift is especially cool when you consider that Red Panda is not a team-specific performer. She’s the halftime act all across the country, for professional and college teams alike, but the Dubs were the team that stepped up to help out.
According to The Mercury News, coach Steve Kerr applauded the move, and said of the unicycle act that, “It’s ridiculous. It’s unbelievable. It’s one of the best halftime shows. She’s fantastic.”
Good job, Warriors.