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Proceeds from memorial rodeo benefit rodeo scholarships
Jordan Freeman Roping Tarleton's Rodeo Association received a $15,000 donation for its scholarship fund following the annual Jordan Freeman Memorial Roping. Proceeds from last year's event were donated Jan. 17. Gathered for the presentation are (l-r) chief of staff to the university president Dr. Kyle McGregor, assistant rodeo coach Tibba Smith, Jarett Freeman, Sissy Freeman, head rodeo coach Mark Eakin, and Jordan's grandparents Etta and Bill Miller. Since its inception in 2006, the Jordan Freeman Memorial Roping has generated more than $60,000 for Tarleton rodeo scholarships.

Tarleton State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Honoring the memory of a life lost at a young age, the family of Jordan Freeman recently presented a $15,000 donation to the Tarleton Rodeo Association to provide scholarships to students who share a love for the sport.

What began in 2006 as a team timed event rodeo, the Jordan Freeman Memorial Roping has generated more than $60,000 for Tarleton rodeo scholarships. Held each September, the event attracts over 300 team ropers. It continues to grow in popularity as area cowboys and cowgirls celebrate Jordan’s spirit, said her mother Sissy Freeman.

“The celebration is an amazing outpouring of love,” Freeman said. “It is a great honor to have Jordan’s name and memory live on through the successful and talented rodeo team members at Tarleton. We want to say thank you to everyone who participated, worked or donated. It could not have happened without each of them.”

Jordan passed away April 6, 2005, at the age of 5 as a result of a horse-related accident. In her short life she touched the lives of many and was a member of the Pro-Youth Rodeo Association, Central Texas Youth Rodeo Association and the Meridian Horse Show Association.

She and her horse, “Fat Daddy” were an awesome team, her mother said, and were leading the novice barrels in the PYRA standings prior to her untimely passing. In 2004, Jordan was the youngest person to make the Top 15 in the PYRA 8&U flag race. Jordan loved to win, but her goal was to beat her twin brother, Jarett, now age 13.

“We had many rodeos in our den, and the kids were champions from the day they were born, in our eyes,” Freeman said.

There couldn’t be a more fitting way to honor Jordan, who was quickly following in her father Todd Freeman’s (TSU ’87) footsteps, said Freeman, who lost her husband in the summer of 2012 at the age of 48. Todd was also a member of the Tarleton rodeo team during his collegiate career.

“The Freeman’s are great supporters of our program,” said Mark Eakin, Tarleton’s head rodeo coach. “Their generous contributions allow us to meet the financial needs of more and more rodeo students while providing them an opportunity to get a good education.”

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Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye
254-968-9460
mogonye@tarleton.edu

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Jordan Freeman Roping

Tarleton's Rodeo Association received a $15,000 donation for its scholarship fund following the annual Jordan Freeman Memorial Roping. Proceeds from last year's event were donated Jan. 17. Gathered for the presentation are (l-r) chief of staff to the university president Dr. Kyle McGregor, assistant rodeo coach Tibba Smith, Jarett Freeman, Sissy Freeman, head rodeo coach Mark Eakin, and Jordan's grandparents Etta and Bill Miller. Since its inception in 2006, the Jordan Freeman Memorial Roping has generated more than $60,000 for Tarleton rodeo scholarships.