WNFR Cowboys to Visit Grant a Gift Autism Foundation on Friday, December 8

Three champions – Junior Nogueira, Tim O’Connell and Caleb Smidt – to visit Grant a Gift Autism Foundation to spend time with local children.

WHAT: NFR Champions to visit Grant a Gift Autism Foundation

WHO: Junior Nogueira, defending All-Around World Champion
Tim O’Connell, defending Bareback Riding World Champion
Caleb Smidt, 2015 Tie-Down Roping World Champion

WHEN: Friday, December 8

WHERE: Grant a Gift Autism Foundation
630 Rancho Drive, Suite A
Las Vegas, NV 89106


  • Three top-caliber, champion contestants – O’Connell, Nogueira and Smidt – will take a break from horses, calves and steers to spend some time with the children at Grant a Gift Autism Foundation. The contestants are in Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which began on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Thomas & Mack Center and runs through Saturday, Dec. 16.
  • Grant a Gift Autism Foundation (GGAF) is dedicated to enhancing the development of children and youth on the autism spectrum and supporting their families – through diagnostic, support services and community outreach connections.
  • All contestants are World Champions. They are competing for a share of the $10 million purse. In 2016, the Wrangler NFR had a total event attendance of 168,859 over the 10 days of competition. The event has sold out more than 300 consecutive performances.

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