The PBR and IMG Academy come together for Walk the Walk

The PBR donated $1,000 to the Miracle League of Manasota as part of Walk the Walk, and the Celebrate America initiative. Photo: Morgan Liber / IMG Academy


  • Some of the PBR's biggest stars, who are training at IMG Academy in Florida, joined students and staff to honor the Miracle League of Manasota.
  • The celebration was part of the Walk the Walk initiative, which is celebrated across all divisions of WME | IMG, and encourages charity and involvement in local communities.
  • Six cowboys, including Jess Lockwood and Ryan Dirteater, played catch with kids from the Miracle League, while the PBR donated $1,000 to the organization.

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BRADENTON, Fla. - This week, the entire IMG Academy campus participated in the community service initiative, Walk the Walk (WTW). Celebrated annually, WTW is a tradition among all divisions of WME | IMG, and at IMG Academy, student-athletes, staff, faculty and coaches all join in for a series of events and activities over the span of a week.

This year, Walk the Walk was highlighted by the Miracle League All-Star Game at the IMG Academy Baseball Stadium. At the event, everyone welcomed the participation of a group of six athletes from Professional Bull Riders (PBR) who were on campus training for the week.

In addition to making a difference in children’s lives through the Miracle League, PBR donated $1,000 to the organization as part of their Celebrating America initiative.

Some of the PBR’s best current and rising stars were on hand for the festivities, including 19-year-old Jess Lockwood, the 2016 Rookie of the Year who opened 2017 at the top of the PBR world standings after winning the season’s first event in New York City.

Joining him was Oklahoma’s Ryan Dirteater, the 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals event winner; three-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves; 2015 Rookie of the Year Kaique Pacheco; 2011 Rookie of the Year Rubens Barbosa; and rising star Keyshawn Whitehorse.

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