MSU Rodeo Well on Its Way to
$1 Million Endowment Goal
– Montana State University President Waded Cruzado said Monday that MSU is
well on its way to its goal of raising $1 million for rodeo, thanks in part to a
$250,000 lead gift from Konrad and Betty Reinke of Yuma, Ariz. MSU will be one
of the first universities in the nation to have an endowment in excess of $1
million for its rodeo program.
credited a devoted group of rodeo supporters that she called "The
Magnificent Seven" with jumpstarting the initiative in coordination with
the MSU Alumni Foundation. Once the endowment is fully funded, it will provide
scholarships and other support to students in the MSU rodeo program.
and MSU are synonymous,” Cruzado said. “Many of our students grew up with
rodeo, ranching and agriculture, and the sport has a rich history here at our
school. Seven of the national championship banners that hang in Brick Breeden
Fieldhouse belong to our rodeo teams, and we have had 31 individual national
champions in rodeo as well.”
to Cruzado, financial support is especially vital to students who participate in
rodeo, which is a club sport at MSU and operates under the Department of Student
Affairs. In addition to tuition and fees, room and board, and the other expenses
typically associated with college, these students also have to bear the cost of
boarding, feeding and transporting their animals to and from school and
Hope, Butch Bratsky, Mark Norem and Ryan Elliott brought these unique needs to
my attention last fall,” Cruzado said. “These four, along with Bill Davis,
Dean Folkvord and Tom Holland – The Magnificent Seven -- have made it their
mission to see that our rodeo student-athletes are taken care of now and into
said that the group reminded her of the leadership of the Bobcat Quarterback
Club, who, together with the MSU Alumni Foundation, successfully raised the
funds necessary in 2010 to expand Bobcat Stadium last year. The Magnificent
Seven have donated tens of thousands of dollars of their own money and have
provided countless hours of volunteer support for this project, she said.
this group, there is no reason that we will not succeed,” Cruzado said.
True, who has been the head coach of the Bobcat rodeo team for the past seven
years, is excited about the developments over the past few months.
are incredibly grateful for the Reinkes’ leadership gift," True said.
"They have been coming to, and supporting, our rodeos for 15 years, and
they truly understand the challenges that these student-athletes face. Thanks to
their generosity, talented cowboys and cowgirls won’t have to make a choice
between school and rodeo when they come to MSU.”
of the current Bobcat rodeo team are a cross-section of the general student
body. Academic majors include cell biology, mechanical engineering, film and
political science, along with the expected majors like equine science.
wishing to contribute to the rodeo endowment can call the MSU Alumni Foundation
at 1-800-457-1696 or 406-994-2053.
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