reACT and TOBACCO FREE RODEO
Thanks to the diligent work of the Montana Tobacco Prevention Program (MTUPP) and the Montana High School Rodeo Association (MHSRA), Montana was the first state in the nation to have Tobacco-Free High School Rodeo. MTUPP & MHSRA partnered in 2008, to prove that they have taken a stand and continue to speak out about “Tobacco having no place in our Montana High School Rodeos!”
Every year, students participate in the Tobacco Free Rodeo Series Rodeo’s and the Montana State High School Rodeo Finals to show their support for being Tobacco-Free Rodeo athletes.
Student contestants are encouraged to sign the Tobacco Free Rodeo Pledge and share the message about reACT and Tobacco Free Rodeo with their peers. Tobacco Free Pledges are available at each of the Tobacco Free Rodeo Series Rodeo’s. Pledges must be signed, annually, at one of the series rodeo’s to be considered for the scholarship and before they can begin accumulating points for the Tobacco Free Rodeo Series year end event awards.
There are 5 Rodeo Districts in Montana, each district hosts two Tobacco Free Series Rodeos, one in the fall and one in the spring. Tobacco Prevention Specialists are on hand at each designated Tobacco Free Rodeo Series Rodeo to deliver the message about the dangers of tobacco use and make the pledges available for the student contestants to sign.
MTUPP, reACT, and Tobacco Free Rodeo were some of the sponsors during the Montana Highs School Rodeo Finals held in Baker June 7-12. MTUPP has given more than $115,000.00 in college scholarships since the partnership began in 2008. Rodeo seniors who are in good standing with the MHSRA, and complete a tobacco prevention activity in their community, along with several other requirements are eligible to apply for the scholarship. For the 2015-16 Rodeo year, 6 finalist were chosen from all of the scholarship applicants. The recipients of this year’s scholarships were Ashley Koenig, Albert Koenig, Elizabeth French, Jack Pederson, Ty Everson, and Jordan Lindsay.
We honor and support all the great athletes who have made the decision to be free of tobacco and its deadly influence. You can find more on reACT and Tobacco Free Rodeo at reactmt.com and on the MHSRA website MHSRA.com.