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Sport Clubs are organizations that give students the opportunity to play their favorite sport at a competitive level. The main differences between a Division I (NCAA) program and a sport club team is the level of funding, there is no formal recruiting and we do not have full time coaches. As a sport club, the team receives a limited annual budget from student fee allocations and generates most of their operating budget from dues and fund raising activities. Participating on a sport club team is a good way to keep that competitive edge and have fun at the same time.
The Colorado State University (CSU) Rodeo Club is one of the largest and most active sport club organizations on the CSU campus. Our club consists of approximately 50 active members who work to promote the sport of rodeo and compete within the ranks of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). We have 25 club members who are active members of NIRA, who compete at the 10 NIRA sanctioned rodeos within the Central Rocky Mountain Region (Colorado, Wyoming and Chadron, Nebraska). The top two individuals in each event and the top two teams within the region qualify to compete at NIRA regional competition in May. Regional winners then go to the College National Finals Rodeo in June. CSU not only has the distinction of holding the first official college rodeo, but also has competed successfully on the regional and national level since then. The club members that do not compete in NIRA sanctioned rodeos enjoy the sport, friendships and activities of the club, and are an integral part of our organization.
Our club provides member students many opportunities to develop in areas such as leadership, social skills, ethics, business management, athletics, etc., all of which provide experiences beneficial to the overall education of its students. During the year, the club holds practice twice weekly as well as sponsors and hosts the SKYLINE STAMPEDE RODEO, the oldest collegiate rodeo in the country. We have additional fund raising activities during the year, which help provide support for the rodeo team and the club in general. Such efforts by the rodeo club in the past generated an endowment fund, from which scholarships are available on an annual basis.
The CSU Rodeo Club provides a rare opportunity for our students to compliment their education. Colorado State University provides educational opportunities that are not available at other institutions in the geographic region. CSU is the home of the premier Equine Sciences Program and College of Veterinary Medicine. All of the adds up to the fact that CSU is an excellent place for a rodeo contestant or enthusiast to obtain an exceptional education while being able to enjoy “their sport”.