The future of rodeo is in the hands of our youth. Luckily for us, we have our Roots N’ Boots Rodeo Youth Committee that embodies the future of rodeo. The committee was started last year in an effort to raise awareness of rodeo to local youth and guide them through all the aspects rodeo. We kicked off last year with 12 kids, and this year the committee has doubled in size! Now, 24 kids who range in ages 12-21 years old are involved. The kids come from different kinds of backgrounds: high school students, college students, rodeo competitors, FFA students, 4-H members and some even with little to no history of rodeo experience. Each member of the youth committee chooses a specific area of the rodeo that they would like to know more about, then gets to shadow a committee member and learn by hands on experience. Some of the youth even take on more than 1 or 2 areas to shadow. The areas range from sponsorship, social media, volunteers, arena crew and so much more!. They are all eager to learn and keep the rodeo tradition alive.
Our youth do not only help with the Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek Rodeo, but they also volunteer for other PRCA and GCPRCA rodeos around the state. Wherever help is needed, the youth committee is there to lend a hand. They also volunteer at numerous Town of Queen Creek community events like Trunk or Treat, Founders Day and the upcoming Adaptive Learning Program. Unlike many other volunteers, these kids work all year round attending monthly rodeo committee meetings. Some of the kids have even been working with Program Chairs on specific projects to prepare for the rodeo.
Rodeo committees put in a lot of work to give their local community the sport of rodeo. These youth get to see first hand how a rodeo works; and see all the different moving parts come together to put on the best rodeo possible. Our Roots N’ Boots Rodeo Youth Committee do an excellent job of getting the job done when needed,and I can proudly say that the future of rodeo is in good hands.