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Be Cowboy: Ethan Brown returns to PBR’s RidePass in Springfield

As the Ford trucks rolled in last November and the 2018 PBR World Finals black carpet was underway, PBR insider Justin Felisko met his match.

At the entryway of the carpet sat a quiet 16-year-old overcome by being at the ultimate competition of his favorite sport. Little did anyone know that the somewhat withdrawn young man could go stat-for-stat with some of the sport’s greatest.

Since birth, Ethan Brown has lived with cerebral palsy, which has affected mostly the left side of his body, causing weakness and paralysis, with contractures of muscles and joint complications. Despite the challenges of this chronic disease, it has never stopped him from having a cowboy mentality and living his life to the fullest. 

“Ethan’s always admired the grit and determination it takes to compete in bull riding,” said Chris Brown, Ethan’s dad. “I think he can relate, with the multiple surgeries he’s had over the years. He’s had to fight to recover from each operation and show grit and determination to learn to walk again and again. He and the riders both know what it means to be injured, and to get up and keep competing every day.”

In early 2018 Ethan’s parents worked with Kansas City-based “Dream Factory” to grant Ethan the wish of a lifetime, attending the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. But Ethan’s family didn’t stop there. They shared his passion and dedication to learning the history of the sport and also his love of journalism – which sparked an idea within the PBR team that would forever change his life.

Ethan Brown with Jess Lockwood

After a whirlwind few days of walking the carpet with riders he now calls friends like Chase Outlaw and Jess Lockwood, talking stats and scores with Felisko and reminiscing about PBR events and retired bulls with legends like Ty Murray, Justin McBride, Adriano Moraes and Cody Lambert – the ultimate wish went to the next level when the PBR team took Ethan to what he thought was just observe the live RidePass show.

After months of planning, Ethan was about to be surprised and invited to the desk to call rides live on the broadcast alongside Matt West, Colby Yates and his idol, stat guru Felisko. The teenager took to his feet from his wheelchair and stood side by side with the talented anchors, matching their wit and knowledge with each jump of the bulls.

West’s friendship with Ethan has grown since that November evening, and the two frequently connect pre-event each week to discuss matchups.

“Sometimes in life, God connects you with people that just make your life better,” West said. “That’s exactly what happened to all of us when we met Ethan. His infectious energy and passion for the sport and its athletes is undeniable.”

Ethan Brown with Ty Murray, Justin McBride and Adriano Moraes

Almost one year later, Ethan, who is now in his senior year of high school, will make his return to the RidePass desk on Friday, Sept. 13 as the PFIWestern.com Invitational gets underway in Springfield, Missouri. His energy, determination and love for the sport have magnified in the months following his journalistic debut.

“I am so honored to be asked back,” said Ethan. “It is such a blessing to be a part of the PBR, I must have done something right!”

If you ask the PBR team, bull riders and RidePass crew that have had the privilege of working with this talented young man, they will tell you the honor was theirs, and that all Ethan has overcome, his positive outlook and dedication to his future is the truest definition of cowboy that there is.

Look out Felisko…

Light it up BLUE for Autism Awareness Day!

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KEEP CALM & LIGHT IT UP BLUE!

WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY = THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015

The Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities, the only multi-specialty center for diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the state of Nevada invites you to join them in recognizing World Autism Awareness Day on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

To commemorate the day, join the team from Touro at the famous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign for the “Light it up BLUE” ceremony at 9:30AM!

Don’t forget to wear blue ALL day on Thursday to show your support!

About the Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities

The TUN Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities opened in 2008 as a state-of-the-art facility designed with the special needs of children with developmental disabilities in mind. The facility offers multiple evidence-based therapy services for children 18 months to 12 years; as well as diagnostic neuropsychological evaluations for children 18 months to 17 years. The TUN Center is the only multi-specialty facility providing treatment and diagnostic services for Autism in the state of Nevada and provides an outstanding team of fully-accredited/ licensed and caring professionals.

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Client: PBR

More than 1,200 bull riders from the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico hold PBR memberships. They compete in more than 300 bull riding events per year on either the elite tour, which is the Unleash The Beast tour, the Touring Pro Division, or the PBR International circuits (PBR Australia, PBR Brazil, PBR Canada and PBR Mexico). The ultimate goal for PBR athletes each year is to qualify for the prestigious PBR World Finals in Las Vegas where the coveted title of PBR World Champion is decided.

For more information on PBR visit: http://www.pbr.com/

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Client: Counts Kustoms

As featured with their own show on History Channel “Counting Cars” Owner Danny Koker and his crew operate Counts Kustoms in Las Vegas.

Count’s Kustoms has been gaining media attention in the last 5 years, having appeared on high-profile television shows such as MTV, VH-1, Discovery Channel, and most recently, History Channel’s Pawn Stars, as their resident auto expert.

To learn more visit: http://www.countskustoms.com/

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Client: Dan Sperry

With over 20 million hits on YouTube, seen by over 30 million people world-wide, and hundreds of thousands of loyal online followers, Shock Illusionist Dan Sperry (“the Anti-Conjuror”) has become a social media phenomenon and one of the most sought after live performers working today. 

For more information visit: http://www.dansperry.com