HOUSTON, February 22, 2024 -- Expanding its support for community engagement and STEM education, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attendees will see CITGO Petroleum Corporation in two key areas at this year’s festivities: the Agricultural Robotics Contest and Rodeo Acts of Kindness.

CITGO is the first-ever official sponsor of the Agricultural Robotics Contest, where junior division and senior division contestants will demonstrate their engineering and problem-solving skills as they build a robot to perform a series of rodeo related tasks.

“We launched our STEM Talent Pipeline to inspire students to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and math,” said CITGO Vice President Human Resources and Support Services Kresha Sivinski, “and the Agricultural Robotics Contest is a fun way for even more students to explore STEM education.”

CITGO is also providing more than 60 volunteers for Rodeo Acts of Kindness, a community event celebrating the spirit of generosity and community service. Rodeo attendees can expect their acts of kindness from CITGO volunteers on March 13, as they clean up food areas, take photos of guests and reward good deeds with giveaways.

Sivinski continued, “our corporate headquarters has called Houston home for nearly twenty years. We care deeply about this city. Spreading acts of kindness is one way we can show our appreciation.”

CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry and operates under the well-known CITGO brand. CITGO owns and operates three refineries located in Lake Charles, La.; Lemont, Ill.; and Corpus Christi, Texas, and wholly and/or jointly owns 37 active terminals, six pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,600 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 807,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO ranks as the fifth-largest and is one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products, and supplies a network of approximately 4,200 locally owned and independently operated branded retail outlets, all located east of the Rocky Mountains. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc.

About The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage, and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $600 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2024 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 17. The 2024 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings, is scheduled for Feb. 22 – 24. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com.