The Richmond County Raiders grew again this season, adding a flag football team. Since starting in 2017, the Raiders have expanded from one varsity team to three football teams and two cheering squads, all while trying to overcome its biggest challenge—finding the funds to operate year after year.
The team’s founder and coach, Brandon Brown, grew up in Warsaw and played youth football before joining the team at Rappahannock High School. He started the Raiders because he noticed a void.
“In 2016, there was no youth football league in Richmond County and a whole lot of kids were missing out. They were going to high school unprepared to play football, so I decided to start the Richmond County Raiders. But since there was no equipment or funds from past years, we had to start from scratch,” Brown explained.
The first season, the team had 18 players. Collision One donated jerseys, which would have cost about $1,000, and the Raiders hosted an alumni flag football game and held fundraisers to buy the helmets.
Ahead of the second season, Brown added a junior varsity team, boosting the Raiders to a total of 39 players. Now, with a flag team for the five and six-year-olds and a varsity and junior varsity cheering squad, the Raiders consists of over 90 children.
Each addition to the team has been in response to demand.
For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 8/7/19
The Richmond County Raiders makes it possible for local young people to get involved with sports earlier in life.