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Equipment team member Mike Dillon

Racine Raiders equipment team member Mike DillonHe may be the only person in the history of the Racine Raiders that was drafted, but that is how Mike Dillon started his tenure as a volunteer.

“I like football and had been going to Raiders games for over 20 years,” Mike says. “I just couldn’t get enough of the Raiders just on Saturday nights, so I started going to watch them practice on Tuesday and Thursday nights,” he continued.

Dillon was in the right place, at the right time when equipment manager Mike Petersen eventually came up to Dillon and told him if he was going to come every night, Petersen was going to put him to work. That was ten years ago. Surprised and excited that he was now part of his beloved football team, Mike began by running water out to the players.

Now, he is part of the team that sets up cones and tackling dummies for the players each week before practice and packs them back in the trailer afterwards. Mike doesn’t think the job he does is all that critical, but the success of the Raiders on the field would prove that different. Between practice and games, Mike puts in around ten hours per week for the Raiders. On game day, Mike gets to the field around 3 p.m. to help set up the pylons on the field.

A resident of Racine, Mike works part time at the Ivanhoe Pub in downtown Racine as a dishwasher.

“I’m not worried about missing a game because I don’t work on Saturdays,” Mike said.

Mike enjoys what he does with the Raiders. He says it’s a lot of hard work but he also gets a lot of satisfaction out of it. He also likes the benefits of just being a part of the team, especially the after game socials with the team.

Mike doesn’t know how long he will continue, but as he said, “I’m not going to quit anytime soon.”

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