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For 30+ years the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo Foundation (BPIRF) has upheld its commitment to the rodeo, education, and the arts by providing unique programs across the country. 

In April 2022, we expanded the scope, purpose, strategic direction, and name of our charitable organization to the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo Foundation (BPIRF). 

Building on Legacy: 

The Black Cowboys and Black Cowgirls are embedded in the fabric and rich history of the Wild West and American West.  In fact, some “historians estimate that one in four cowboys were black.”

“Right after the Civil War, being a cowboy was one of the few jobs open to men of color who wanted not to serve as elevator operators, porters, or similar occupations.

The mystic and fascination with the Black Cowboy and Black Cowgirl draw audience across this nation in big and small areas.  

By telling story of the rich history of the Black Cowboy and Black Cowgirl, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo keeps:

  • Legacies and accomplishments of the Black Rodeo, Black Cowboy, and Black Cowgirl vibrant and present:
    • Educating and inspiring a current and upcoming generations.

 Our newly created mission, vision, and vales statements further clarify our aspirations and inspirations in supporting diverse communities. 

  • Mission: To advance values-driven philanthropy by providing resources and opportunities to various underserved communities.
  • Vision: Provide thriving support to the communities we serve.
  • Values: Generosity, kindness, compassion, empathy, equity, inclusion, diversity, openness, and understanding through our collaborations and partnerships.   

 What the Foundation Does?

The foundation was organized for educational and charitable purposes within the guideline of Section 501© (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  We fun and support:  

  • Historical and educational documentaries
  • Community Health Initiatives
  • Preserving BPIR history and legacy – BPIR Traveling Museum
  • Higher Education Scholarships
  • Youth and Community Programs
  • Grants
  • Travel Assistance for Rodeo Participants


Since 1987, our foundation has collaborated on health and wellness initiatives, educational programs, STEM focus programs, and provided financial support to diverse communities.  We’ve awarded scholarships, support senior programs and participated/partnered in various community programs.  We have made an impact in each state that the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo is presented.   

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