The Professional Bull Riders announced that they are hosting the Celebrity Golf Classic, benefiting Special Olympics Nevada, on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Bear’s Best Las Vegas. The field will include the top past and current bull riders in the world, including 1998 PBR World Champion Troy Dunn, Joe Baumgartner, Spud Whitman, Travis Briscoe, and riders competing in the 2012 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals on Oct. 24-28 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The golf tournament will support Special Olympics Schools Partnership Program, which is a unique educational program, available in the Clark County School District. Celebrating 10 years in southern Nevada, the Schools Partnership Program is about more than just sports. It is a valuable education program that unifies disabled and non-disabled students. For many it is their first opportunity to compete as part of a team. Non-disabled students participate as volunteers, supporting their peers during competitions, while helping to bring acceptance and respect to their campuses. Special Olympics Nevada provides a grant to participating public school district to offset the cost of the program offering all interested participants an opportunity to be a part of the program for free.
“Special Olympics Nevada is thrilled to have been chosen as the local charity of choice for the PBR Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament. The Champions of bull riding are a great fit as Champions for our Athletes – both embody bravery, hard work, and tenacity in their own way,” said Maggie Schwarz of Special Olympics Nevada. “Our program is funded entirely through local support, and events such as the PBR Celebrity Classic. It is also a tremendous opportunity to help raise awareness for the abilities of our athletes, and our vision to see Special Olympics in every school.”
There are still spots available for $375 per person, and $1,500 per team. The event will be held at Bear’s Best Las Vegas, 11111 W. Flamingo Road, from 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. To register, please telephone (702) 795-7772.
For the 19th year in a row, the world’s top bull riders and the fiercest bucking bulls return to Las Vegas on Oct. 24-28 for the richest bull riding event on the planet, the 2012 Built Ford Tough World Finals at the Thomas and Mack Center. The World Finals have a total purse of $2.2 million, including a $1 million bonus to the 2012 PBR World Champion, who also receives the coveted World Champion buckle.
The World Finals will consist of six rounds of competition featuring the top bull riders in the world and the best bulls. The first five rounds feature all of the riders against the toughest bulls. The scores from the five rides will be combined, and the Top 15 riders will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.
Bull riding begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available at the Thomas & Mack Center box office, www.UNLVTickets.com, and by telephone at (866) PBR-SHOW.
The PBR Heroes & Legends Celebration Reception will be held on Oct. 23 from 6-7 p.m. at South Point Las Vegas, and will be immediately followed by the PBR Heroes & Legends Celebration from 7-8:30 p.m. The ceremony will include the induction of 2012 Ring of Honor members Ross Coleman and Mike White, and the presentation of the Brand of Honor to Dillinger, the Jim Shoulders Lifetime Achievement Award to Tom Teague, and the Sharon Shoulders Award to Jackie Dunn.
The PBR Ring of Honor was created in 1996 to recognize those who have had the most profound impact on bull riding, both in and out of the arena. The 35 members share a common bond of courage, strength and victory. They have shown their dedication and support while playing a significant role in helping professional bull riding become what it is today. Honorees include the great Jim Shoulders, PBR founding fathers Ty Murray and Cody Lambert, three-time PBR World Champion Adriano Moraes, two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride, and PBR World Champions Troy Dunn and Michael Gaffney. The Ring of Honor, the PBR’s equivalent of a Hall of Fame, is more than a fellowship: Each inductee is presented with a ring handcrafted of diamonds and gold bearing the PBR logo, the recipient’s name and the year he was honored.
Fans will have the opportunity to hear PBR World Champions talk about what it is like to earn the belt buckle that every bull rider dreams of obtaining from 10-11 a.m. on Oct. 24 at South Point Las Vegas. PBR World Champions scheduled to attend are Adriano Moraes (1994, 2001, and 2006), Troy Dunn (1998), Cody Hart (1999), Chris Shivers (2000 and 2003), Ednei Caminhas (2002), Mike Lee (2004), Justin McBride (2005, 2007), Guilherme Marchi (2008), Kody Lostroh (2009), Renato Nunes (2010) and Silvano Alves (2011). Past riders will also join the competitors in the 2012 World Finals for the Ultimate PBR Bull Rider Meet & Greet on Oct. 24 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at South Point Las Vegas.
The South Point Arena and Equestrian Center will host the ABBI Back Seat Buckers Finals with performances on Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Following the Back Seat Buckers performances, South Point Las Vegas will host the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals Kickoff Party.
South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is the official host hotel of the PBR Legends Reunion. The special event on Oct. 23-24 will again officially begin the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals. Fans will have an opportunity to meet their favorite riders, as every rider who has competed since the PBR began has been invited to Las Vegas. For more information on the PBR Legends Reunion, including an up-to-date list of confirmed attendees, please visit Reunion.PBR.com.
PBR Legends Reunion ticket packages are available for $175, a savings of $150. The package includes tickets to the PBR Heroes & Legends Reception, the PBR Heroes & Legends Induction Ceremony, the ABBI Back Seat Buckers Finals, the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals Kickoff Party, the PBR World Champions Forum and the PBR Ultimate Meet & Greet. The package also includes VIP access to the PBR World Finals Pre-Party at the Cox Pavilion and tickets for Rounds 1 and 2 of the PBR World Finals on Oct. 24 and 25.
Fans that have already purchased tickets for the PBR World Finals can purchase a PBR Legends Reunion add-on package for $100, a savings of $155. The package includes tickets to the PBR Heroes & Legends Reception, the PBR Heroes & Legends Induction Ceremony, the ABBI Back Seat Buckers Finals, the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals Kickoff Party, the PBR World Champions Forum, the PBR Ultimate Meet & Greet and VIP access to the PBR World Finals Pre-Party at the Cox Pavilion.
Legends Reunion ticket packages can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center box office, www.UNLVTickets.com, and by telephone at (866) PBR-SHOW.
PBR Legends Reunion Tentative Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 23
7 a.m.-2 p.m. PBR Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting Special Olympics Nevada
Bear’s Best Las Vegas
4-5 p.m. Legends Reunion Buffet Reception
South Point Grand Ballroom
5-6:30 p.m. PBR Heroes & Legends Induction Ceremony
South Point Grand Ballroom
7:30-10:30 p.m. ABBI Back Seat Buckers Finals
South Point Arena & Equestrian Center
9:30 p.m.-12 a.m. PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals Kickoff Party
South Point Showroom
Wednesday, Oct. 24
10-11 a.m. PBR World Champions Forum at South Point Las Vegas
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ultimate PBR Bull Rider Meet & Greet
4-6 p.m. PBR World Finals Pre-Party at the Cox Pavilion
6 p.m. Round 1 of PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals
Thursday, Oct. 25
4-6 p.m. PBR World Finals Pre-Party at the Cox Pavilion
6 p.m. Round 2 of PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals
About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR)
The PBR is the world’s premier bull riding organization. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the PBR. In just two decades, the dream of 20 bull riders has become a global sports phenomenon that is televised worldwide. More than 100 million viewers annually watch primetime PBR programming on networks around the world including CBS, CBS Sports Network, NBC, and NBC Sports Network. The PBR has awarded over $100 million in prize money and 25 riders have earned over $1 million, including Justin McBride with $5.5 million – the most of any Western-sports athlete in history. Nearly 2 million fans attend Built Ford Tough Series and Touring Pro Division events each year. For more information on the PBR, go to www.pbr.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PBR, Twitter at http://twitter.com/PBR, and YouTube at http://www.YouTube.com/PBR.
About Special Olympics Nevada
Special Olympics Nevada is a free year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 3,000 athletes compete in 19 competitions throughout the region in 8 sports. This requires the extraordinary support and time of 3,243 volunteers and volunteer coaches. Financial support comes almost exclusively from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. For more information on Special Olympics Nevada visit www.sonv.org or join us at Facebook /SONevada and Twitter @SONevada.