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Running Rebels Community Organization is
dedicated to developing Milwaukee’s youth
mentally, physically and spiritually.

Rebel Alumni Kevon Looney - 2015 NBA Draft Prospect!


Running Rebels Community Organization

Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth Day!


Rebels After School Program Needs Your Support!


Keeping Milwaukee teenagers safe, just got harder. With a reduction of funding being allocated to local after school programs,  the Running Rebels Community Organization is struggling to obtain the financial resources necessary to continue its after school program that has helped keep so many youth keep off the streets and focused on positive activities. This video talks about the devastating impact of the funding shortfall and what we can do about it.

Click here to donate to Running Rebels Afterschool Programs

2014 Fresh Coast Classic

The 2014 Fresh Coast Basketball Classic is in it’s eighth year and has grown to become one of the top sporting events in the Metro Milwaukee Midwest area, as it rivals the Chicago Football and Circle City Classics. The classic event begins with our Annual College and Resource Fair, which takes place on Tuesday, November 25th with a projected attendance of 4,500+ in attendance.  This years fair will be hosted on the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee campus.

New to the classic! Our corporate and Fresh Coast Classic sponsors will pay special tribute to members of the North-Lincoln State Basketball Teams recognizing surviving members of the 1959-North-Lincoln championship teams.  The tribute filmed by the Wisconsin Black Historical Society will be highlighted during Friday nights tournament game between Milwaukee Riverside and Pewaukee at 6:15pm.  In conjunction, we will be in celebration of the 100th year anniversary of high school boys basketball.

Take a look at the North-Lincoln Tribute and special sit down with FOX6-Tom Pipines


Beyond the game!


The Bridge Athem

The Bridge Project is a campaign to inspire Milwaukeeans to unite for violence prevention.  Bridges have long been symbols of making connections, not just connecting two masses of land, but also connecting people.  The launch of the Bridge Project is meant to do just that, connect people of goodwill - youth and adults, who are working on activities all across Milwaukee to build bridges of peace and non-violence. 



Help us reach our goal by watching the video and sharing with your family and friends.  For more information about The Bridge Project visit  Tweet about the bridge at #bridgeMKE!

2014 BUILD Bike Nite

Join us at the Iron Horse Hotel, 500 W Florida Street.  Come and help cheer our Rebel Racing bike team as we try for the 3rd year to bring home the gold! BUILD Moto/Mentoring program is a non-profit program dedicated to pairing high schools student teams up with bike building mentors for 100 days in a collective effort to learn valuable life and interpersonal skills while restoring vintage motorcycles.  Your onsite VOTE is needed to help us to win, so stop by event starts at 6:00pm. 




Rebels own youth "Lil Vic" opening for national recording artist Jacob Latimore!

  Running Rebels are proud of all our youth as they continue to do GREAT things towards accomplishing his/her dreams.  Congratulations Victor Barnett, Jr. (Lil Vic - The Future) for your hard work and dedication to your craft.  Way to go REBEL!


Running Rebels continuing to push positive messages through rap!


Take a minute and watch Running Rebels staff and youth spreading the message on staying positive throughout any obstacles.  Knowing that through it all we will see the SUNRISE! We're trying to reach 10,000 views and we know with your help our mission will be done.  Please feel free to share the video and to also visit & "LIKE" us on our facebook page.  ENJOY!


2013 Rebel Rumble

From Collegiate to Professional players, the Rebel Rumble was enjoyed by over 300 spectators, family and friends on Saturday, August 17th, 2013.  Starting with the show casing of skills on the wood with high school and college players.  The second game was a show of Rebel Alumni's and some of Milwaukee's greats coached by V100 own Reggie "Smooth as Butta" Brown.  From the 3pt contest to the free throw shoot outs, the day was filled with family fun for all. Thanks to our sponsors YMCA, Young Leaders Academy, Young Black Achievers, Playmakers, Birdsongs Clothing and Vince Nash - V100 Clear Channel Radio.  Take a look at a few highlights provided by our Pipeline to Promise business partner Midwest Ballers.  




Running Rebels and the City of Milwaukee working together and getting the job done!



We may be small in size, but we make a BIG difference.  Running Rebels demoliation crew is waiting for your next project.  For more information about our crew contact (414)264-8222.


What is Running Rebels?





Three young men facing insurmountable odds. Living in one of the nation's most segregated cities. And surviving in a neighborhood infected with guns and violence. One misguided decision leads to crime, jail time...and too often death. The easy path? Give up and become a statistic. Their path? Take the second chance. Turn their lives around. Make a positive change. Become a Rebel for Life. To learn more about the Stop a Speeding Bullet campaign go to

 Enjoying time in the rec area

Officer Singleton with S.T.O.P. stopped by to give some ping pong lessons to Victor Barnett, Jr.



Rebel Rumble

Rebel Rumble is our annual basketball tournament when the alumni Rebel players, showcase their skills against our current AAU players.  It's a fun time enjoyed by staff, youth, family and friends.  Take a look at some highlights from last years game.  Watch out for the 2013 Rebel Rumble coming to you soon!


 2013 College Tour - Morehourse College, Atlanta, GA

Several Rebel youth and staff taking time out in Atlanta, GA to visit Morehouse College. While at Morehouse our youth were greeted by WJMR Jammin 98.3 DJ Earl Stokes son, "Nick".   The annual trip to Atlanta, also included a visit to the FINAL FOUR all-star game, Atlanta Aquarium, Martin Luther King, Jr Historical site, Underground and the Lenox Mall. Our AAU team also competed in the Hot Spots Basketball Tournament in Lithonia, GA where our team showed up and showed out winning both games.  Congrats to our Rebel AAU 16+ team and big THANKS to our Rebel family that cheered the team to VICTORY!







 Anti-Violence Peace Rally

As with many urban areas, the summer months are the most violent in the City of Milwaukee.  As temperatures rise, violent crimes and incidences do as well.  In an effort to raise awareness early in the season, we are hosting an ANTI-VIOLENCE PEACE RALLY, Saturday, April 13, 2013 @12:00pm.  The event will take place outside our building, bring communities together as one.  Thanks to Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderman Willie Wade, Alderman Willie Hines and Representatives from the Sikh Temple for taking the pledge to help "Slow down the violence" in our city!

 Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a dynamic public research institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement.

This week their services reached to the Midwest, through the CSCE Program (Center for Service & Civic Engagement), 11 of the ODU students traveled to Milwaukee to volunteer time and physical labor to Running Rebels.  During the week the group helped finish projects in our capital campaign, doing everything from scraping walls, painting, mopping, moving equipment and furniture. 

Rebels would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to ODU students – Jamie Hughes, Terrell Kingwood, Mariam Abdelhamid, Janette Julio, Jasmyne Hammonds, Jasmine Bundick, Kevin Muchiri, Aaron Hudnett, Te’etta Ruth Robinson, Alexis Palmer and Rachel Harney for passing it forward!!




 YMCA Heritage Bowl

Congrats to all the students and VFZ staff that participated in the Heritage Bowl. The staff and Violence Free Zone (VFZ) students put in a lot of time to study for this event.   We are so PROUD of them for making the choice to get involved in positive outings in our community.  Although we didn't win....each team member showed great team spirit and enthusiasm!




Hula Hoop for Heart Health!

Thanks to EVERYONE that came out and supported the Running Rebels at the Hula Hoop event last Friday night! Pretty much everyone you see in the picture is from RRCO.  And props to Kalan Harris and Fynix Pugh for holding our team down!!  Even our founder joined in on the fun!

Because of all of your REBEL support, we WON $500 for our agency!  Thanks everyone!

We would also like to THANK Molina Healthcare for sponsoring a great event and  prizes!






Running Rebels still providing HOPE!

As bullets pop and police sirens wail, piercing the peace and quiet of a struggling inner-city neighborhood, young men often wonder if there is a way out, a way to break the cycle of joining gangs, going to jail, or ending up dead as a result of living the street life. It’s often said that it takes a village to raise a child. But when the village is one of the top segregated cities in the country, where do they turn? Is there a place of refuge?  To read the entire story click below:

Running Rebels provides HOPE!

"Thanks for your VOTE"


We truly would like to THANK each and everyone that took time daily to VOTE for our agency.  Running Rebels was one of the top (3) agencies to receive Liberty Mutual's "Like My Community" awards, along with $30,000 that will be used in our continued programming with the many youth that we work with daily.

GE Annual Softball Tournament

Our annual softball tournament took place Sunday, July 15th, 2012 @Carver park.  For the past 5 years some of Wisconsin best agencies get together for one cause.  To raise money for Running Rebels scholarship fund.  We want to give a GREAT big thank you to the agencies that help to make this event a huge success. GE, RC Insurance, MillerCoors, and the Kappas/EpicRadio. Congratulations to GE for winning the traveling trophy this year. 



Running Rebels Entertainment Group

presents "The ABC Rap"


Our youth continue to work hard on new ideas and skills that we hope will help them become successful in their adult lives.  A few of our youth talked about an idea and put it together with hard work in our own studio.  The Running Rebels Entertainment Video “ABC Rap” is now posted on You Tube so click on the ABC above and let’s help increase their views.  We would also like for you to share with our youth your feedback and comments.

New Vines


Yes, Running Rebels is MORE than just basketball! Check out some of our products directly from our own garden.  Our NEW VINES program teaches youth how to use nature and grow the very products that we eat daily.  If interested in this program, please contact John Rakowski @(414)550-3458 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Congratulations Racing Rebels

For your hard work & dedication in the BUILD program for the past 100 days. The unveiling of the racer took place on May 31, 2012 at The Iron Horse Hotel (Milw., WI) along with four additional racers built by mentors and their youth here in Wisconsin.  Racing Rebels brought home two trophies for Best in performance and Best in show!!! Way to GO rebels staff Eric Weaver & his crew of youth participants.




Rebels celebrate with V100.7

Running Rebels had a great time celebrating with V100.7 on their 20th year radio anniversary. The War Memorial Center was the perfect venue to bring community families and friends together. Sponsored by State Farm, Rebel youth had the opportunity to showcase their individual talents in spoken word and positive rap. Youth also enjoyed meeting Green Bay Packers Gilbert Brown.





















 Tru Art Comes From Within Artshow

Running Rebels young artist showcased their talents in their 1st of many artshows to come. The artwork was on display for viewing and selling, youth artist were also represented from Vincent HS & Groppi MS. Staff and guest were allowed to purchase... their favorite pieces & proceeds help to fund our youth programs. There was also a "on spot art contest" & raffle prizes of Bucks/Brewer tickets were awarded. Thanks to ALL that came out to support our event.  Special thanks to Norma Ballentine with Safe & Sound for supporting our youth artist.


Congratulations to Rebel alumni Lou Chapman &

UW-Whitewater Warhawks for their WIN!


With 7:22 left in the national championship game, UW-Whitewater fans started their familiar chant of belief. Just minutes prior to that timeout, not many Warhawk fans were outwardly expressing any confidence.

Whitewater trailed, 47-29, with 14:43 to play and nothing appeared to be going the Warhawks’ way.

Leading scorer Chris Davis had just gathered in a defensive rebound, only to have the ball snatched from his hands and stuck in the hoop by Cavalier big man Jon Miller. Davis was whistled for a foul and had a look of disbelief at the way the game was progressing. He had two points, both free throws, at the time.

Davis and the Warhawk faithful had no reason to believe the game was about to change, but momentum is a fickle friend and it switched out of the Cabrini blue and donned the white uniform of the Warhawks the rest of the game.

Making UW-Whitewater, Division III NCAA Champions!

"From The Streets 2 The Corporate Office"

Music Seminar


Presented by Running Rebels Entertainment Group & M2 - "From the Streets 2 The Corporate Office" Music Seminar - Saturday, March 3, 2012. Our team brought together some of the top professionals from the music and entertainment industry to share  knowledge and experience to our youth and Milwaukee's community. Our appreciation goes out to V100.7 own afternoon DJ-Reggie Brown, Mass Media Institute of Madison Instructor-Chris Taylor "GodXilla", National recording artist Yung Oki, Ray Nitti, Chicago record producer Rob Torres & Milwaukee Producer Steve-O. This (1) day seminar offered sessions for those interested in pursuing careers in front line entertainment as an artist or behind the scenes as engineers or producers.  Whatever information you needed to jump start your career was presented by established professionals in the business.  For more information about Rebels Entertainment Group, M2 or services offered contact (414)264-8222.


Running Rebels youth learn skills from BUILD Moto Mentors


Six teams comprised of five students each from area high schools and youthorganizations have been chosen to fully restore a “barn-find condition” vintage motorcycle to American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) standards during a 100-day build. This year’s teams include: Bradley Technology and Trade High School (Milwaukee, WI), Cedarburg High School (Cedarburg, WI), St. Francis High School (St. Francis, WI), Port Washington High School (Port Washington, WI), the Running Rebels Community Organization of Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI) and NorthShore Academy (HighlandPark, IL). Each team is provided with a pre-restoration condition vintage Honda CB 160/175 and a total of $2,000 in cash for parts.

Teams will be judged by regional experts in the following categories: “Performance” (chassis dynamometer competition), “Art Bike” (panel of expert judges), “Facebook Favorite” (social media-drive voting) and “Best of Show” (on-site event voting).

“Summer Tour”
The bikes will be displayed and raced over the summer of 2012, beginning May 31 at The Iron Horse Hotel.
• 2012 Bike Night kick off at The Iron Horse Hotel – May 31
• AHRMA Vintage Classic at Elkhart Lake – June 9 & 10
• Grattan Raceway Park – June 16 &17
• ‘Rockerbox’ Street Festival in Milwaukee – August 4
• BUILD finale reception at The Iron Horse Hotel, featuring live bike auction – August 30

To continue to follow the progress of our youth andtheir experience with BUILD Moto visit:!/Buildmoto 

Also, like us at!/RunningRebels to keep updated on all the happenings with the Rebels! 

GROPPI Owls take 1st Place!


VFZ-Running Rebels was introduced to Groppi High School in November 2011 and upon arrival VFZ youth advisor Mr.  Kevin Gaines noticed that Groppi had no athletic programs and he felt that the entire school would greatly benefit from having a basketball team. Kevin Gaines understands the importance of  mentoring because he has been apart of the Running Rebels Community Organization since the age of 10 and was personally mentored and coached by Victor Barnett (Executive Director for the Running Rebels Community Organization). Mr. Gaines agreed to assemble and coach a team for Groppi High School. He entered the Groppi Boys Basketball Team (The Owls) into the PAC 8 Basketball League which was created for Milwaukee's Alternative High School Youth.

Although the boy's Groppi team lost their first two games, the team didn’t give up and went on to win their first championship on 2/16/2012 which was held at the Boys and Girls Club (1975 South 24th Street). The final score was Groppi 47 and Lynx 41. Many MPS staff, parents and VFZ staff members supported and cheered the Owls on to victory.

The win was amazing and I’m sure many of the young boys who won have never won anything in their entire lives. I am also sure that many of these young men have been constantly told that they would never amount to anything but I know that this win will give the young men a new found sense of confidence but most importantly will forever change their lives but also elevate Groppi's student school pride thus positively impacting Groppi’s overall school environment.

Our very own Riverwestcommunity was highlighted in a new TV series produced by Milwaukee Public Television, called "Aroundthe Corner". Our friend John McGivern, local actor/comedian, acts as host andvisits with many people whom you will know and love. If you missed the show here's the link to watch and enjoy!


The Running Rebels are making a difference with at-risk young people in Milwaukee. It's an incredible program started 30 years ago by Victor Barnett.

Fox6 Victor Barnett & Branden Joseph

Running Rebels & 5th Annual
Fresh Coast Classic together again!

Running Rebels and the city of Milwaukee, for its 5th straight year brought together over 2,000 youth, adults and families for a Thanksgiving weekend filled with continuing education opportunities, (4)HBCU teams (Lincoln University, Bowie State, Cheyney University & Fisk University) in a two day basketball tournament.  Also some of Wisconsins top MPS & Surburban high schools teams facing off for a WIN!!!

The 2011 Fresh Coast Classic brought together many starting withthe college/resource fair held at the Harley Davidson Museum on November 23rd.  Withover 50 colleges/universities, the fair supplied many with the rich history of historically black colleges/univerties, financial information for all that have a desire for continuing education and the connection to many branches of armed services.

Wisconsin Lutheran College played host to thousands of fans as they cheered on their favorite college and high school teams. Congratulations to Lincoln University in their win over Bowie State 74-72.  DenzelMooney #22 also took home the FCBC MVP honors.  We will see Lincoln University at the 2012 classic to defend their title.

Fox6 Video

Running Rebels staff say, "Its not just basketball"

Branden Joseph

For watch the college/high schools games played, more articles, highlights and pictures from the classic visit the website at

Summer of Peace made the news. Check it out the article from CBS 58 and the video from Fox 6, by clicking the links below.

CBS58 Article

Fox6 Video

Thank you for all your support for Summer of Peace.

Follow Running Rebels as we travel to New Orleans.
Click HERE to read our New Orleans blog!

Rebel Staff and Youth participate in UNCF Walk/Run.

John Rakowski, along with youth Brian Burgess and Darrick McWay, Jr., ran in the UNCF Run/Walk this past Saturday, July 16, 2011.

The event was a great success for all three runners.  Brian Burgess ended up with a time of 24 minutes and Darrick (Woody) McWay, Jr finished with the official time of 26:30 and an 8:32 mile pace.  John Rakowski placed 2nd in his age division and 10th overall with the time of 20:45.

It was a great experience for all and both Burgess and McWaywill be continuing to run with Rakowski in future runs to bring up their times and continue in the great experiences.

Victor Barnett (Founder of Running Rebels)
Comments on Eastside Incident

Click HERE to read his comments.


Nate Cooper (Rebel4Life & AAU Basketball Coach) spent time on Channel 4's "The Morning Blend" on June 29, 2011 discussing the amazing success Running Rebels has had with the youth of Milwaukee. 

To watch the video, click on the following link!

Carded Wisconsin presents “Milwaukee’s 1st Celebrity Softball Game”

Running Rebels own Victor Barnett played in it, along with TV stars, NBA stars, Green Bay Packers and more!

It was a lot of fun and we got to meet some amazing people.  Check out the pictures by clicking here!

It's that time of year again!
The 5th Annual GE Softball Tournament!

July 17, 2011 • 2PM • Carver Park


Look at how much fun we had last year! If you are on a team that wants to participate in the tournament, or know a team that does, please contact Natasha Coe at (414)264-8222 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Click here for the rules of the tournament.  Teams participating this year (so far) are GE, MillerCoors, RC Insurance, and Running Rebels!  

Victor Barnett, Jr.- Running Rebels' Own Celebrity!

Vic starred in the Foster Care commercial that premiered during the 10 o'clock News (on all local Milwaukee news casts) on May 10th. Check out the video below!


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Jacqueline Spence & P.O.W.E.R. Reading Program

When 2007-2008 District Report Card displaying that Milwaukee WKCE-CRT Proficiency Reading Scores for the 2007-20008 school year were at 38%, Jacqueline Spence (M.P.S. Educator and former Running Rebels Community Organization Education Specialist) knew something had to be done.

Spence worked hard to create andimplement the P.O.W.E.R. (Producing Optimal Wisdom Enhanced by Reading) Reading Program to encourage high school students to develop their reading skills, increase their reading assessment scores, enhance their 21st century communication skills by creating a personal Writer’s Notebook, as they simulate conversations depicted aroundreal-life issues with their Violence-Free Zone Youth Advisors, while enhancing a love for reading.

Spence’s work has not gone unnoticed. Jacqueline Spence is M.P.S. Central Office’s Teacher of the Year! Congratulations Jackie and thank you for all your hard work!


Stefanee McLemore has been accepted into Clark-Atlanta University! McLemore recently won a scholarship from Fresh Coast Classic andnow will have the chance to attend a Fresh Coast HBCU school!














































































































































































































































































































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