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PBR To Host ‘Cowboys For A Cause’ Bull Riding Event Atop USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier

by Quentin Blount
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Professional Bull Riders (PBR) is announcing a special broadcast event on top of the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi, Texas.

PBR Cowboys for a Cause: Every Second Counts is a new PBR initiative that will raise money for a range of charitable organizations. The event held in Corpus Christi will mark the launch of this new initiative.

This new invitation is a team event. It will feature five teams of three cowboys, each of them riding to support military members and their families. Dener Barbosa, Boudreaux Campbell, Derek Kolbaba, Chase Dougherty and Lucas Divino have been named the captains for the five-team event.

According to PBR’s official website, there will be lead in pre-shows Friday, Nov. 20 and Sunday 11/22 televised on CBS Sports Network. The main event will be broadcast on CBS Television Network Sunday, Nov. 22. However, rides at the event won’t count toward world points.

“It’s going down atop the USS Lexington,” the official PBR account wrote. “Join us tomorrow on @CBSSports for the Air Force Reserve Cowboys For A Cause. We’re riding to raise money for deserving charities like @Op_Homefront.”

PBR Holds New Event in Unique Location

PBR has held events in various, high-profile locations, including Times Square, Huntington Beach, and in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard.

A bull riding arena will be built on the 872-foot long launch deck situated on top of the famous aircraft carrier. Work crews will need to bring in 300 tons of dirt and steel. In addition, they will need more than 15 miles of copper and fiber optic cables to support the event and televise the broadcast.

Furthermore, bucking bulls will be brought on board through the ship’s still-functioning aircraft elevator.

“So proud of this team! Only @PBR could make this happen in 2020,” Gleason says. “Don’t miss the historic PBR Air Force Reserve Cowboys For A Cause aboard the USS Lexington tomorrow on @CBS at 3 PM ET or 5 PM ET (check your local listings). #BECOWBOY

Although the event is closed to the public, PBR will offer exclusive viewing privileges for VIP guests and members of the military. The ultimate experience is available for purchase at PBR.com.

The event will raise money for Operation Homefront. The well-known organization provides financial support, housing and various resources to U.S. military families. PBR and its sponsors will donate money for every second each cowboy stays on his bull, for up to 8 seconds.

PBR will bring strong COVID-19 precautions and regulations to Corpus Christi for the event.

History of USS Lexington

The USS Lexington was the Navy’s longest-serving working carrier before officially facing decommission in 1991.

During World War II, as part of the Fifth Fleet, the famed carrier was a part of nearly every major operation in the Pacific Theater. It spent 21 months in combat.

Her planes destroyed 372 enemy aircraft in the air, and 475 more on the ground. Additionally, she sank or destroyed 300,000 tons of enemy cargo and damaged an additional 600,000 tons. The ship’s guns shot down 15 planes and assisted in downing five more.

The ship’s storied history has likely never involved bulls or cowboys, but that will change tomorrow.