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2001/12/18

Help Support the National High School Rodeo Association Dear Friend of High School Rodeo: On September 11, our nation was racked by an unthinkable act of horror. Thousands of innocent lives were lost for reasons that are unfathomable by freedom loving people like you and I. However, the true character of any nation lies in the strength of its people to emerge from the ashes of tragedy stronger and more determined than ever to preserve the freedom they so dearly cherish. The outpouring of support shown by the American people for those hurt by this tragedy is a true statement to the underlying character of this great nation. As a young person in America today, I know my life will be forever changed by the events of September 11th. I no longer take for granted the freedom that others who have gone before me established through their struggles, with their perseverance, and with their lives. I have a new found appreciation for the many opportunities I am able to enjoy. One opportunity I was recently presented with was to serve as the student president of the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA). The NHSRA has for fifty-four years served to assist in the character development of tens-of-thousands of America's young people through participation in the sport of rodeo. The NHSRA, a non-profit organization with more than 12,000 members, continue to strive to help young people through the United States, Canada and Australia get a high school diploma and pursue some form of post-secondary education. The NHSRA is based on two principles: encourage youth to stay in school and promote the highest type of conduct and sportsmanship. These principles are carried out as the NHSRA awarded high school students more than $180,000 last year in scholarships - allowing several hundred students to pursue a college education. Furthermore, many NHSRA Alumni have gone on to become successful business owners, doctors, lawyers, presidents of colleges and universities and even Olympic champions. When asked, these same people credit a major part of their success to the life skills they acquired through their involvement in high school rodeo. Your year-end gift to the NHSRA'S 2001 annual fund will allow us to continue to impact thousands of teenagers and assist us in the preservation of America's western way of life. Annual gifts will be utilized to increase scholarship opportunities for our high school members in addition to enhancing our existing leadership and youth development programs. We sincerely ask that you would consider a year-end gift of $50, $100, $500 or whatever you can give, to the 2001 Annual Fund. Your generous contributions, at whatever level, will help us continue to provide inspiration for our youth just as it has done for me. Payments can be made out to National High School Rodeo Association and mailed to NHSRA, 11178 N. Huron St STE 7, Denver, Colorado 80234-9915. Thank you for your consideration of this request. Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season! Sincerely, Cody Brown 2001-2002 NHSRA Student President P.S. The NHSRA welcomes employee-matching gifts. Check with your employer for the forms, if available.

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