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Safety Justin Benko

Justin BenkoJustin Benko has been with the Racine Raiders for the last five seasons as the strong safety. As a child growing up in Racine, Justin remembers coming to the Racine Raiders games with his dad. Now that he is older and still living in Racine, he considers it an honor to play with a team he grew up watching.

Justin played at Historic Horlick Field in high school and to still be on the same field in front of several thousand people is a rare opportunity he is very thankful for. He takes a lot of pride playing here and couldn’t see himself playing anywhere else.

Justin feels that the Racine Raiders have a lot to offer including home field advantage, a brand that is recognized, and more local support than he has ever seen. As an organization, he feels that the Racine Raiders are a family, not just the players, but the coaches, volunteers and board members, all contributing for not just championships, but for pride in the community.

Currently, Justin works at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Nike Factory Outlet. He is also a football coach at Park High School and is a full-time student at Milwaukee Area Technical College and is three classes away from getting his Fire Protection Technician (Firefighting) degree. One of the things that he likes about working at Dick’s Sporting Goods is that he is able to help kids and parents find the right equipment they need and finds people respond well to someone who actually plays the game.

Justin considers coaching “pure fun.” He played linebacker and fullback at Park High School under Dennis Thompson and feels his coaching style is still fresh in his mind and he conveys the same fire and terminology while coaching today. Justin feels great to be able to give back to a program that taught him so much as a player.

What led Justin to pursue firefighting is the high stakes environment, the unexpected challenges, and the intense training. He is looking forward to finishing this degree and pursing a career that he knows will be rewarding.

Outside of football, working, and going to school, Justin really enjoys art and, when given the opportunity of free time, will pull out his sketch pad and try to challenge himself with his creative hand.

One thing Justin would like people to know about him is that he is a tough individual and is never satisfied, always looking to be better, always giving 100%. Please find Justin after a Raiders home game, wish him luck on his future career, and thank him for his continued selfless acts and giving back.

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