While spending Christmas at her grandma’s house in Portland, Oregon, 15-year-old Miss Arizona High School Rodeo Queen Alli McKibbin learned that her 86-year-old grandma had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
So when she came across the call for volunteers for Tucson’s first Chicks N Chaps event, her participation seemed the perfect opportunity to support her number one fan—her Grandma.
Alli has always supported rodeo’s “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” program, and led Arizona High School Rodeo’s 200 members in a tribute to cancer awareness in October’s Arizona State Fair’s all-pink grand entry.
“I am so excited to be attending the Tucson Chicks N Chaps Event! This is something that I can do to stand behind and support my grandma in her battle with Breast Cancer,” explained Alli McKibbin. “I’ve always participated in rodeo Tough Enough to Wear Pink days, so it’s a perfect extension to be helping with this event right here in Tucson.”
Chicks n Chaps™ Women’s Rodeo Clinics is a 501(c)3 organization that raises money for breast cancer programs, research and patients in local communities, while teaching women about the sport of rodeo in a fun, ‘girls-day-out’ atmosphere. The clinic is slated for the Rodeo’s annual Pink Day performance, which always falls on the first Sunday each year. Pink Day highlights breast cancer research, prevention and patient services. The clinic features a morning in the arena with cowboys and cowgirls presenting roping demonstrations and insider information about the seven events in a professional rodeo.
“We are excited to have Alli and all of our volunteers join us for the inauguration of this unique event,” said Mary Davis, Tucson Chicks N Chaps Clinic CoChair. “Young, old…Alli and her grandmother represent the wide spectrum of people who are affected by breast cancer. Her energy, passion and personal relationship to this disease are all what this event is about and we hope Ali will inspire others to join us in our contribution to find a cure.”
Alli won her title at the Arizona High School State finals Rodeo in Payson and went on to compete at the National High School Finals rodeo in Rock Springs, WY where she competed against all 50 states and Canada
In addition to competing in high school rodeos, Alli travels the country to promote the sport of rodeo and educate the public about sportsmanship and respect for animal athletes and livestock. .She has appeared in more than15 rodeos, several parades, and many community service events right here in Tucson. She participated in the Tucson 911 Memorial stair climb honoring all fallen firefighters, served the needy on Thanksgiving Day and participated in the 19 riderless horse memorial at the Payson rodeo, leading the horse honoring fallen Yarnell firefighter Michael Anthony Rose.
At ages 4, 5, and 6, Alli was in the Tucson Rodeo Mutton Bustin’ event, in which children gear up with helmets and protective vests and test their skills by riding sheep. She met her first rodeo queens and got their autographs when she was just seven, knowing then that she wanted to be a rodeo queen someday.
Alli will be at the Tucson rodeo volunteering for the Chicks n Chaps event on Sunday, Feb. 16, and volunteering for the reach program on both Monday and Tuesday Feb. 17 and 18. In events leading up to the Tucson Rodeo, she will be appearing at the UMC Diamond Children’s center, the school for the Deaf and Blind and several private schools.
You can see Alli with Tucson Chicks N Chaps’ Mary Davis on Tucson’s Morning Blend on Thursday, Feb. 13, between 11 a.m. and noon.
To register, visit: https://tucsonchicksnchaps.wordpress.com/2104-chicks-n-chaps-registration-form/