The Honorary Cowboy Act began in 2012 to honor a young cowboy combating neuroblastoma. This program has continued to develop and we now award at least one student each spring for recognition at a football game of their choice during the following fall semester. To be eligible for this honor, the recipient must be a K-12 student in the state of Wyoming. They must also be an individual that emulates an upbeat attitude that represents the “Cowboy Up” spirit of the UW student population. Recipients must have faced or continue to face a formidable life condition or circumstance that requires a “Cowboy Up” spirit that leads to an ultimate triumph. Applications for the Honorary Cowboy will be posted on the ASUW website each April.
This young man of seventeen, underwent a total life changing experience, in a very short period of time. After a series of cranial surgeries to alleviate malformations in his brain that were causing seizures and other symptoms,one surgery in 2015 left Cooper Schroefel without the ability to speak, walk, use his hands, see, even eat. His active “normal” lifestyle came to an abrupt halt; yet his unwillingness to comply with the sudden cease and desist orders his mind had presented his body, offers one small sampling of this young man’s grit. We were honored to award this year's Honorary Cowboy to such an amazing indidvidual.