Racine & Me: Racine Raiders 2023 Season Preview
RACINE, WI (CBS 58) -- Don Wadewitz is the VP Marketing and Lead Broadcaster for the Racine Raiders. He joined us in studio to talk about the 2023 season!
I Beat a Racine Raiders Player gaming events – February 25 Chavez Community Center and March 10 at Racine Public Library. Teens and tweens compete against Raiders players and if they beat a player they win a free t-shirt courtesy of H&R Block. Co-sponsored by Gamestersbay, Getoffthestreets.org, Racine Public Library, City of Racine Police Department, Downtown Racine Corporation, and City of Racine Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Department.
Dance and Cheer tryouts – Sunday, February 5 from 1-3 pm at Taylor Home and Education Center Building #3 (3131 Taylor Avenue). All experience levels are welcome. Tryout is free.
Organized Team Activities – Sunday, February 12 from 11 am-2 pm and Saturday, March 4 from 5-8 pm at the MOSH Performance Center within the Rock Sports Complex in Franklin. Free to attend and free to play. All experience levels welcome though most players have some college playing experience.
2023 Season – The 70th season begins on May 13 and runs through Labor Day weekend if playing in the Gridiron Developmental Football League’s championship game. At 70 years, the Raiders are America’s second oldest semi-pro football team and the second oldest non-college sports team in Wisconsin. This year we’re already scheduled to have a team coming to Racine from the D.C. area and working on another one from the East Coast or Atlanta area. Our annual Armed Forces Night will be July 1 against the River City Rough Riders out of La Crosse who just competed in a national bowl game a couple of weeks ago. We’ll also play a Milwaukee-area team in our division and the St. Paul Pioneers, a team that’s won multiple national titles that’s from Minnesota.
All volunteer organization – The Raiders are run entirely by volunteers. Raiders volunteers gave an estimated 40,000 hours of service to the community last year. It’s a great way to be involved with sports and give back to the community. Folks interested in volunteering can go to the Raiders website and complete the volunteer form under the Contact link.
Community/Youth outreach – As “Your Hometown Team,” the 501c3 not-for-profit Raiders give back to the community in many ways. The team offers several scholarships to graduating Racine County High School seniors each year. The team also sponsors a free youth football and dance and cheer camp each year. The Raiders also host the Racine All-County High School Football Banquet.
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