BUCK AUTISM MISSION: Jayci's Story
Exclusive Genetics(EG), a world leader in the bucking bull industry will be partnering with the National Autism Association(NAA) to help raise awareness, as well as funds for its superior programs and services that help children and adults with autism. All proceeds from the Buck Autism Campaign will go directly to the National Autism Association, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Buck Autism Weekend Raises $16,000 for the National Autism Association during Exclusive Genetics Bucking Bull Games in Las Vegas, NV
Exclusive Genetics completed a very successful week while in Las Vegas, Nevada for its fourth consecutive year featuring its Bucking Bull Games.
Held parallel to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Bucking Bull Games also featured a special event - Buck Autism Weekend. Along with sponsor Branded Cities Network and Harmon Corner, the campaign aimed to raise funds and awareness to support families who have children diagnosed with autism.
Buck Autism, founded by Billy Jaynes, CEO of Exclusive Genetics Bucking Bull Games (far right), was inspired by Jayci Mead (second from right), a young woman who has autism and since her involved in bull ownership, she has been able to communicate and express herself in ways that she was unable to do so prior to her connection to bull ownership. Motivated by Jayci’s improvements and response to this unlikely creature, Jaynes’ set out to bring attention to this disorder through the Buck Autism campaign.
Teaming up with the National Autism Association, Jaynes said, "In addition to raising a significant amount of money for NAA through our Buck Autism campaign it was equally important to get the message out about people with autism. I was pleased that I was able to speak to thousands of rodeo fans prior to each of our performances about the need for public awareness." He added, "We were also very grateful to our corporate sponsors, Branded Cities Network and Harmon Corner, who not only created a very impactful Buck Autism Public Service Announcement, but also ran the PSA continuously throughout the duration of Bucking Bull Games for millions of visitors and residents to see.”
Wendy Fournier of the National Autism Association (second from left) was beyond enthusiastic when it was announced that the final number raised was $16,000 for the not-for-profit organization, "We are gratified at the generosity of bucking bull and rodeo fans towards supporting people with autism. The funds we raise and awareness we generate continues to grow every time we hold a Buck Autism event. The positive relationship between bucking bulls and Jayci Mead that has made a significant change in her interaction with others has been witnessed by so many who have decided to donate in return."
THE EXCLUSIVE GENETICS CONNECTION
One of Exclusive Genetics bull owners, Jayci Mead a 21-year-old woman, has autism. Jayci’s interest in bucking bulls has helped her communicate and express herself in ways that she was unable to do so prior to her connection to bull ownership. Her story was published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal
It is well known that animal related therapy has been shown to assist people with a wide variety of disabilities. Interaction with dogs and horses has provided individuals with the opportunity to relate to these animals who serve a conduit to help with self-esteem and social interaction. For Jayci Mead of Thermopolis, Wyoming, bucking bulls have created a life-changing experience. Jayci, who has autism, which makes it difficult for her to express herself in a meaningful way, has found these large animals have assisted her in reaching out to the world around her.
Jayci, who is now 21, opened up about her interest in bucking bulls when her class in high school had a career day. When she was asked what career path she would like to take, Jayci said she wanted to be a bucking bull stock contractor. She had watched professional bull riding on television and felt a special bond with these animal athletes.
Jayci’s parents, Valerie and Luke Mead, embraced this desire and helped her achieve her dream by researching the industry. The Mead’s contacted Exclusive Genetics one of the largest bucking bull training and breeding organizations in the world. They run the Million Dollar Bucking Bull Championship, the highest payout bucking bull event in the sport. After talking to CEO Billy Jaynes, the Mead’s let him know that Jayci’s favorite bull rider is PBR superstar L.J. Jenkins. He is not only a bull rider but also an accomplished bull trainer and it just so happens that Jenkins trains some EG bred bulls on his ranch in Oklahoma. Jaynes introduced the Meads to Jenkins who was in the position to offer a partnership in a bull that he was training.
Now as a bull owner, Valerie sees tremendous growth in Jayci. She talks about how she is amazed she is watching Jayci as a bucking bull owner and how it has changed her life, "While before being involved with bulls, Jayci was not shy, but she had difficulty expressing herself. Living in a small town in Wyoming, it is a struggle in having her communicate. Now as a bull owner she travels and she now recognizes the people she has interacted with much more easily.” She added, "When Jayci can express herself that excites us, it really gets us choked up. It is so amazing, we celebrate the little things that for her are tremendous accomplishments.”
THE "BUCK AUTISM" MISSION SUPPORTS:
:: The mission of the National Autism Association is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential ::