World champion bareback rider Kaycee Feild set aside his Memorial Day week to visit troops serving in Middle East war zones as part of the Armed Forces Entertainment Wrangler National Patriot Tour.
The Payson cowboy was joined by champion mounted shooter Annie Bianco-Ellett, 2009 Miss Rodeo America Maegan Ridley, country singer Lucas Hoge and Wrangler executive Jeff Chadwick.
The tour means so much to Feild, that he even wears it on his sleeves.
"Last year we had one of Kaycee's competition shirts signed by troops while traveling all over Afghanistan," Chadwick said in a press release. "Kaycee wore the shirt on the final night of the 2011 Wrangler NFR ... and won! We're going to continue the tradition this year."
It's third year in a row for Feild to participate. Organizers even added a second Western-themed tour in 2012, and Kaycee's five-time world champion dad Lewis Feild, steer wrestler John W. Jones Jr. and saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer participated in Kyrgyzstan.
"I'm so stoked for Dad," Kaycee Feild said. "He and Mom have been watching the press and images from the past tours to the Middle East that I've been on ... and now, Dad is going to get a taste of touring half way around the world too."
For more on the Wrangler National Patriot Program, visit www.wranglernationalpatriot.com
Grant Cullimore, who died Tuesday at age 90, used to call me about Davis High sports scores, but he always wanted to see all the local high schools succeed.
A Bear River High and Utah State standout athlete and pro baseball player, Cullimore coached at Davis for more than 30 years and also worked tirelessly as Davis County's first full-time recreation director. He helped develop Davis Park Golf Course, and was named to the Utah Sports Hall of Fame distinguished coaches honor roll.
I'll miss his Friday night football phone calls.
Utah State held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday for its new strength and conditioning center on the northwest corner of Romney Stadium.
The $6.4 million, 21,000 square-foot center was made possible by the largest single gift in the history of Aggie Athletics from an anonymous donor. When the building opens next spring it will be the largest such facility in the Mountain West Conference.
While NBA basketball player Jimmer Fredette was married on Friday in Denver, Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller announced her plans to marry Kim R. Wilson this summer. Her husband, Larry H. Miller, died in 2009. ...
Supporters of the new Utah High School Cycling League will gather to bid on auction items and learn more about the newest National Interscholastic Cycling Association league from national champion Todd Wells at 6 p.m. today at the Rice-Eccles Stadium Varsity Room. For information or to register, visit www.utahmtb.org/events/cyclefest. ...
Utah State volleyball student-athlete Alyssa Everett -- a former Box Elder High standout -- has been selected to attend the 2012 NCAA National Career in Sports Forum next week in Indianapolis. She recently earned the USU Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete award. ...
Western Nevada College earned a spot in the Junior College World Series, reaching the final eight before being eliminated. Former Bonneville High standout Evan Parker helped the Wildcats compile a 48-17 record this season. ...
Gear up for the 2012 Bravest and Finest softball tournament, set for June 9 at Lindquist Field and Fourth Street Complex. Teams will be made up of Utah fire and police departments. Lots of fun activities are planned as a fundraiser for the Ogden police officers and their families. ...
Utah basketball signee Jordan Loveridge was named to Parade Magazine's annual All-America basketball team. ...
To sign up for the the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Wendover MDA Ride this Sunday, visit www.utahharley.com or call 801-487-4647. Organizers hope to raise $100,000 on the ride, co-sponsored by Intermountain Harley-Davidson.
Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org