“Bulls in Times Square ✓ Bulls on the beach ✓ Bulls on an aircraft carrier? Why not!”
The PBR (Professional Bull Riding) has bucked bulls in some highly unusual places but the association may have outdone themselves with this event.
On Dec. 5, the best bulls and bull riders in the world will buck out aboard the USS Lexington aka “The Blue Ghost” in Corpus Christi for PBR Air Force Reserve Cowboys for a Cause. Each cowboy participating will ride to support military members and their families.
For the event aboard the 872-foot long launch deck, the PBR will bring in 300 tons of dirt and steel and more than 15 miles of copper and fiber optic cables to support the event and television broadcast. The bulls will be brought on board via the ship’s still-functioning aircraft elevator, the same system that brought planes up to the flight deck from the hangar during battle. Aircraft aboard the ship will be used as set pieces around the arena.
The event marks the launch of PBR Cowboys for a Cause: Every Second Counts, a new PBR initiative that will raise money for a range of charitable organizations.
“As we get ready to close out a very challenging year, PBR wants to present an early holiday gift of an unforgettable bull riding event atop the grand and historic USS Lexington to the fans who support us through thick and thin and to military families who sacrifice so much for everyone,” said PBR Commissioner Sean Gleason.
“Bucking bulls on the deck of the USS Lexington has long been on our list of iconic places for the most exciting 8 seconds in sports. We’re excited and honored to partner with the Air Force Reserve to bring this once-in-a-lifetime event to life. Air Force Reserve’s motto is ‘Fly, Fight, & Win,’ which represents the spirit embodied in our own ‘Be Cowboy’ mantra.”
The event will raise money for Operation Homefront, a nationally recognized military nonprofit organization providing financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing, and various recurring support services to U.S. military families. PBR will donate money for each second each cowboy stays on his bull, for up to 8 seconds. In rolling out the initiative, PBR chose a military charity first to acknowledge and thank members of the armed forces and their families for their sacrifices to our country.
While the event is closed to the general public, PBR will offer exclusive viewing for VIP guests, ultimate experience ticket packages, and members of the military.
A select number of fans can experience this special event firsthand. The ultimate experience, including hotel, premium food and beverage, and VIP access, is available for purchase by clicking here.
Source: pbr.com | Photo courtesy of USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
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