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Stats spotter Ed Hernandez

Racine Raiders volunteer Ed HernandezIf you talk about a combined 90 years of volunteer service to the Racine Raiders, you have to talk about the Hernandez family.

“My brother Jimmie and I have been with the Raiders for 36 years, and our mother Barbara had about 18,” said long-time Raiders volunteer Ed Hernandez.

Hernandez got involved with the Raiders in 1980.

“I would read the game articles in the paper and thought the Raiders would be something interesting to get involved with,” he said. “I stopped in at a practice one night and asked how I could get involved.”

Little did Ed know that would be the start of a 36-year relationship with the team. His first job was working with Fred Vance in the concessions stand.

“That went on for about two years,” Ed said. “I wanted to be around the players so I moved over to equipment.”

That position took him through the bulk of his tenure for 20 years. In 2000, Ed was recognized by the North American Football League for his volunteer duties working in equipment.

“Someone on the team nominated me for the award. I didn’t even know about it until I read about it in the paper,” he quipped.

Ed can now be found up in the press box on game day as a spotter for Raiders statistician Paul Junio. However, Ed doesn’t stop there. As a retiree from the Racine Unified School District, Ed can be seen weekday afternoons in the concessions stand during the baseball season.

Prior to getting involved with the Raiders, Ed served his country for six years active duty in the Air Force. After his discharge in 1979, he then enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard with the 124th Field Artillery in Racine.

As far as being a part of the Raiders, Ed says, “It gives me something to do to pass the time.”

Ed loves being around the players and other volunteers and meeting the fans. Has he thought about hanging it up after 36 years?

“A couple of times,” Ed said. “But when Curt Barnes finds out about it, he keeps telling me I can quit, when he says I can quit.”

If you are interested in volunteering with the nine-time national champion Racine Raiders, click the volunteer link at the bottom of any page on the website, and tell us about yourself.