December 12, 2008

Racine Gladiators' youth football teams rock the 'Rocky Top'

Vinnie Scacco, of Racine, writes to tell us about the Racine Gladiators, a youth football organization that had success this fall. The Gladiators traveled three teams to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in the "Battle in Rocky Top" youth football tournament.

Here's Scacco's report on the event:

The Racine Gladiators Youth Football Organization is a youth football program that hopes to provide unique opportunities for the young people of our community. We hope to provide youth with the opportunity to travel to new places while playing the greatest game on earth! With the support of the residents and businesses in the community, we look forward to having great success for years to come.

We are an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization. We rely on the generosity of our participants, sponsors, and members of the community.

On the weekend of Nov. 21-23 we took three team down to Knoxville to compete in the "Battle in Rocky Top" tournament. All of the teams fared well and the trip was a SUCCESS!!!

Two finished 2-1 (Our U-12 and U-13 teams) and our U-9 team competed very well and gave it their all in finishing 0-2.

Our goal to instill sportsmanship and pride in the city really shined through. We were told by coaches around the country what a great talent level we have in Racine and that the sportsmanship the Gladiators showed was second to none.

The boys got to travel to a place that many of them had never been, playing some of the top teams in the country and came out really making a name for themselves.

We always hear about the bad stories involving our youth; these young athletes are not only winners on the field but they are winners in the classroom.


  1. Pretty Cool! GOt to see my nephew all the way up here in Kimberly!

  2. Jenni Drennen12/12/2008 9:43 AM

    I went with the boys on the trip to Tennessee and I cannot express how much they impressed me. Their attitude and drive were amazing to see, on and off of the field. It is truly like an extended family and one of the greatest experiences, not only for my son, but for me as well. Keep up the great work!!!


  4. Way to go Nick!!!!!

  5. Way to go.... ANDRES MARQUEZ a.k.a
    "D U T C H" !!
    this was a great experience for year #2 in this organization. Great coaches! Job well done. Best wishes for the following years to come!

  6. Wow, what an experience! Thank you to all the sponsers and the Gladiator organization. This has been a wonderful 3 years for our family, now wer're moving on to the next level and hope all do well. To Dylan's friends and teammates- best wishes to the years ahead of you and always play with your heart and soul, put on your gameface on the field and remember the friends you are off the field! Thank you to the terriffic coachers for your time and energy you put into these teams. Thank you for the wonderful experiences!!!!!

  7. Good job Gladiators! You have made Racine proud!

  8. Way to go Connor!!

  9. This was our first year with the Gladiators. It was not only a great experience for our son but also for us. He learned alot from the coaching staff. We look forward to being a part of the team next year.
    WAY TO GO NICK!!!!!!!

  10. Harry's mom12/15/2008 3:17 PM

    As parents’ it’s hard to find a balance in regard to how many extracurricular activities to allow our children to participate in. However, after being with the Gladiators our first year in 2007; the decision became all too easy. The program has allowed me to see how team competitive sports participation can be an amazing tool. It has not only helped my son grow socially, emotionally, and physically, but has helped him to grow and succeed in his everyday life. Thank you: coaches, board members, parents, team moms, donors and other supporters of the program for your talent, commitment, and monetary donations to the children in the program. You are very much appreciated by this mom!

  11. Devonte's mom12/15/2008 3:26 PM

    For the last three year this program has done a tremendous job in suppporting my son both on and off the field. I couldn't have found a better program to have put my son in.

    Way to go GLADIATORS'!

  12. I really want to say to the "Racine Gladiators" 13u youth football Coaches,Players and Parents I was the Head Coach of the Powell Panthers 13u Team that played you guys
    What a great organization you guys have in Wisconsin. I have to say this is one of the best games for me as a Coach to be apart of, Having to really stay focused each and ever play because of the Great Coaches for the 13u "Racine Gladiators" you guys represent your program with alot of class and as a Coach I Want To Say Thanks For The Memories.