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July 26, 2012

Amazing Race cowboys speak at Oklahoma State University's 4-H Roundup

STILLWATER, Okla. — Jet and Cord McCoy spoke at the 4-H Roundup at Oklahoma State University on Thursday.

The brothers, known for their stint on season 16 of the “The Amazing Race,” were decked out in cowboy hats and belt buckles. They wanted their picture taken in front of Pistol Pete at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

“4-H is a great organization,” Jet McCoy said. “The things that they teach and try to instill in the kids, like leadership, character and hard work. They make good citizens and good adults and I’m all for it.”

Cord McCoy agreed. “They’re growing the leaders of tomorrow. They teach teamwork, leadership, character and attitude.”

The rodeo champions and former reality TV stars were members of 4-H growing up.

“The speeches I heard growing up in 4-H leadership. It was quite an honor for Jett and I to be a part of such a large group of kids’ lives. Maybe they’ll remember it,” Cord McCoy said.

Jett McCord said being on “Amazing Race” has given the brothers opportunities to speak to groups such as 4-H. “It’s opened a lot of doors. People get to experience things with you, like when we talk about being lost in China, they know what we’re talking about.”

Jeff Sallee, an assistant professor at OSU’s 4-H Youth Development Department, said the audience seemed to enjoy the brothers’ message.

“The kids knew who they were, because I think they’re the only cowboys to have been on the ‘Amazing Race,’” he laughed.

“Their message was great,” he said. “The kids really enjoyed it and appreciated that they (McCords) came from 4-H. They had a really good message about doing the right thing. It was very positive.”

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