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Rodeo Competitors Bring Joy to Give Kids The World

Published on: Mar 25, 2015

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Osceola County, Florida - Competitors in the 2015 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo visited Give Kids the World today, bringing some old-fashion cowboy and cowgirl joy to children with life-threatening illnesses.

In addition to a weekly riding event held at the non-profit, the young guests and their families got some lessons on the cowboy way of life from the competitors visiting the Osceola County landmark.

"Osceola County is fortunate that a compassionate non-profit such as Give Kids the World is based here," said Commissioner Viviana Janer, who participated in the event. "The work they do and the lives they touch is simply amazing. The network of volunteers is dedicated to one thing - leaving a lasting impression on these kids who are having a dream vacation.”

The competitors started arriving in town over the weekend for the RNCFR, which started its four-day, five-session run Wednesday at Osceola Heritage Park.

"It was heart-warming to be able to work with these kids and their families today," said Juan Alcazar, Jr., a St. Cloud High graduate who was scheduled to compete Wednesday night in the steer wrestling event. "It’s an honor to be in a position where we can give back to community that is hosting us for this event."

For complete information about the rodeo, go to RNCFR.com. For regular updates, photos, news and more, follow the RNCFR on Facebook at facebook.com/rncfr  and on Twitter at Twitter.com/RNCFR.

Video from Give Kids the World: http://www.osceola.org/videos/rodeo-competitors-bring-joy-to-give-kids-the-world-village.stml

ABOUT OSCEOLA COUNTY

Osceola County is a fast-growing, dynamic and innovative community with history and traditions passed down from our pioneer ranching families. As part of the Orlando Metropolitan Area, we proudly host approximately 7 million annual overnight guests who enjoy easy access to Central Florida’s world-famous theme parks and Osceola County’s unique sights and unmatched hospitality.

ABOUT THE RNCFR

The tournament-style RNFCR determines the national circuit champions in each event. All 24 qualifiers from the 12 circuits compete in the two preliminary rounds of the rodeo. The top eight contestants from each event advance to the semifinal round, with all previous scores and times thrown out. The top four move on to the final round – a sudden-death competition that determines the national circuit champion in each of the 7 standard rodeo event.

Contestants will compete for more than $650,000 in prize money. Event winners receive a $20,000 voucher for a new RAM vehicle, a Polaris RANGER UTV, a pair of exotic boots from Justin Boots, trophy saddle from Cactus Saddlery, and a custom Montana Silversmith buckle, in addition to their winnings.

In addition to live rodeo action, fans will have the chance to experience a jam-packed event lineup including a cattle drive, the Florida Heritage BBQ Classic sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, a Fan Zone and live entertainment.

ABOUT THE PRCA

The PRCA, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the largest and oldest professional rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. The recognized leader in ProRodeo, the PRCA is committed to maintaining the highest standards. The PRCA, a membership-based organization, sanctions approximately 600 rodeos annually, and there are more than 30 million fans in the U.S. The PRCA showcases the world's best cowboys by televising the sport's premier events, including the Wrangler Champions Challenge and the world-renowned Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on CBS Sports Net (DISH channel 158, DirecTV channel 221). The Justin Boots Playoffs and Championships, Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, All American ProRodeo Finals, and the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour will also air on CBS Sports Net, as well as live stream at wranglernetwork.com. PRCA-sanctioned rodeos raise more than $26 million for local and national charities. For comprehensive coverage of the cowboy sport, read the ProRodeo Sports News, the official publication of the PRCA, and for daily updates of news and results visit the PRCA's official website, www.prorodeo.com.