The Dodo Premieres Its First Sports-Themed Series, “TEAMMATES,” Featuring Professional Athletes and Their Pets

“TEAMMATES,” Presented by GEICO, Premieres June 5th and Stars NFL Defensive End Ryan Kerrigan, 2x WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, NBA Point Guard Devonte’ Graham and Others
Company Release
June 4, 2021

NEW YORK – (June 4, 2021) – The Dodo, the no. 1 animal brand globally on social [source: Tubular, January 2021], announced today the premiere of “TEAMMATES,” its new, original series featuring professional athletes and the pets that they’re giving 110% of their love to every day. TEAMMATES, sponsored by GEICO, is The Dodo’s first-ever sports-themed series and features star athletes including NFL Defensive End Ryan Kerrigan, Team USA Paralympic Swimmer Anastasia Pagonis, NBA Point Guard Devonte’ Graham, Olympic Medalist & Team USA Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu, and 2x WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne. The new series airs weekly beginning on June 5th across The Dodo’s platforms including its YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter channels and website.

“The Dodo creates premium IP series centered around the amazing connection between humans and animals. TEAMMATES spotlights how these animals are more than just pets — they’re best friends, family members and training partners to these athletes,” said YuJung Kim, President of The Dodo. “We’re excited to deepen our four-year partnership with GEICO as well as reach new audiences who are both sports fans and animal lovers.”

TEAMMATES is a sneak peek into the lives of some of our favorite athletes and the pets who fuel their motivation behind the scenes. Each of these athletes have something special in common: they work hard at their sport and snuggle with their pets in their off hours, because the best recovery comes from downtime with your four-legged best friend. One episode features Olympic Medalist & Team USA Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu and her rescue dog Lincoln, who helped carry her through the toughest years of her life after not making the 2014 Team USA in Sochi. Through a day in the life format, TEAMMATES’ stars will teach viewers just as much about their pets as they will about themselves — making audiences feel even more connected to these professional athletes and discover some amazing new pets to follow along the way.

About The Dodo:
The Dodo is the #1 animal brand globally on social [source: Tubular, January 2021]. We tell fun, entertaining, emotional stories about animals that make people laugh, cry happy tears, feel ALL the feels, and fall in love with animals. In December 2016, The Dodo joined forces with NowThis, Thrillist and Seeker to form Group Nine Media — the #1 video publisher on mobile in the U.S. [Nielsen DCR, June 2020]. 



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