The Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association came to the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro for the fourth annual national finals last weekend to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Rutherford County.
A portion of the ticket sales for the Jan. 24 national finals were donated to the clubs, SEBRA announced in a press release. Previously, the competition has made donations to Above the Rim Gym, a program teaching children in Murfreesbor communication skills through basketball, and the Exchange Club, both in Rutherford County, to benefit local nonprofits.
The event took place over three days, from Thursday through Saturday evening’s finals, at Miller Coliseum.
The weekend kicked off Thursday afternoon when kids from the Boys and Girls Club met SEBRA bull riders competing in the finals and learned how to rope steers during their quest to be cowboys for a day.
“We have made Murfreesboro our home for this event and we want to give back,” SEBRA President Chan Canter said. “Many of our competitors start out as teenagers and so we focus on giving proceeds from the event to youth-related programs.”
A roping competition between the bull riders and the bodybuilders of the Olympus Athletic Club took place on Thursday night after the event with Boys and Girls Club members. Olympus owner Sean Barber raised funds for Above the Rim Gym by promising that, if his donation target was reached, he would get back on a bull to ride.
Forty of the top-ranking SEBRA riders competed on Friday and Saturday night for more than $70,000 in awards during the national finals.
In the end, Cody Martin of Butler, Georgia was named national champion at the end of the weekend, winning more than $36,000 over the course of regular season competition.
Tennessee Miller Coliseum will host the southern Invitation Truck and Tractor Pull on Jan. 30 and 31.
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