On Friday night, in pre-game ceremonies at the Southeastern-Southwestern football game at Paul Laird Field, Roy Cooper presented his 1975 championship saddle to University president Larry Minks and SE rodeo coach Christi Braudrick.
Cooper was also recognized for his achievements as a student at Southeastern, where he was a member of two national championship rodeo teams in the 1970s.
In 1976, he won the first of his eight world titles in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. In 1983, he won the Triple Crown by capturing three rodeo championships in a single season. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 32 times. Cooper graduated from Southeastern in 1978.
Cooper started the Cooper Rodeo Foundation, its mission statement is committed to providing assistance for children and young adults pursuing goals in the rodeo arena as well as education and dedicated to inspiring, demonstrating and supporting the values that enable this success.
Now the Cooper Foundation will be collaborating with Southeastern Rodeo to help provide scholarships to students who are interested in rodeo and academics. For more information visit www.cooperrodeofoundation.com.