San Antonio Rodeo raises $11.8 million to educate youth

The San Antonio Livestock Exposition raised $11.8 million to educate Texas youth during the 2014 Rodeo.

That amount represents scholarships, grants, endowments, junior livestock auctions, a youth western art auction, calf scramble program, and show premiums paid to the youth of Texas.

This year's total giving represents a record commitment, topping 2013's $11.3 million.

"We owe the show's continued success to the support and efforts of over 6,000 SALE volunteers. Their contributions of time, energy and skills make it possible to give so much back to the youth of Texas," said executive director and CEO Keith Martin. "That's what we are about, transforming lives, giving these kids an opportunity to improve their futures and the generations to come."

SALE is a volunteer organization that emphasizes agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas.

The 2015 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo will be held Feb. 12 - March 1 at the Freeman Coliseum and AT&T Center grounds.