The NHSRA Crisis Fund
The National High School Rodeo Association established the NHSRA Crisis Fund in 1996, with benefits since inception calculated at $207,807.18. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to offset the costs associated with an injury or death sustained by an NHSRA member at a sanctioned high school rodeo or while traveling to or from a high school rodeo. Below are details and information about the fund.
The National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) has as its charitable and educational purpose the promotion of high school rodeo on a national scale for eligible high school students. It is the purpose of the NHSRA to promote the highest type of conduct and sportsmanship at sponsored and sanctioned rodeo events and to encourage participants in this sporting event.
The Board finds that the purpose of the NHSRA will be furthered by the establishment of a "crisis fund" to assist in selected cases when a crisis may occur after an injury, major crisis or natural disasters.
Therefore, a segregated fund to be known as the NHSRA Crisis Fund (the Crisis Fund) is hereby established under the following terms, conditions, limitations and restrictions.
CLAIMS FOR INJURY
In order to be eligible for a discretionary grant from the Crisis Fund, an applicant must meet and fulfill the following conditions:
1. Be a member in good standing of NHSRA, having fully paid his or her dues and rodeo event entry fees.
2. The injury or death for which a grant is requested from the Crisis Fund must have occurred during an NHSRA sanctioned event or in immediate and direct transportation from the participant’s home to such rodeo event or from such rodeo event to the participant’s home.
3. The applicant must not be in violation of any NHSRA rules or regulations at the time of such injury or death.
4. The applicant must be a member in good standing of the applicant's state or province high school rodeo association which association must be fully affiliated with the NHSRA.
A grant requested by the applicant or the applicant's representative must be for but not limited to:
5. Medical expense incurred for treatment by a medical doctor, dentist, doctor of osteopathy, chiropractor, registered nurse or a licensed therapist.
6. Hospital expenses incurred in a recognized licensed hospital.
7. Transportation expense incurred for a deceased participant from the location of the rodeo event to the home of the deceased.
8. Funeral expenses for a deceased participant when the death was the result of an injury or accident that occurred during an NHSRA sanctioned event or in immediate and direct transportation from the participant’s home to such rodeo event or from such rodeo event to the participant’s home.
9. In the event of a death or life threatening injury to a family member that occurs while the contestant is at a State or National Finals Rodeo that requires unplanned travel, they could be eligible for up to $1,500.00 maximum for travel related to the event.
Contributions, donations and memorials to the fund are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible. Contributions should be made payable to "NHSRA Crisis Fund" and sent to:
12011 Tejon, Suite 900
Denver, CO 80234.
National Finals Crisis Fund Basket Information
For additional information on the NHSRA Crisis Fund application process and criteria for payments, please contact the NHSRA National Headquarters at: [email protected]