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Running Rebels Community Organization is
dedicated to developing Milwaukee’s youth
mentally, physically and spiritually.
What is Running Rebels?
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 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!
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.
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:
"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.
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
Tru Art Comes From Within Artshow
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"
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.
GREAT JOB RREG AND M2!
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).
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: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Buildmoto
Also, like us at https://www.facebook.com/#!/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.
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.
Running Rebels staff say, "Its not just basketball"
For watch the college/high schools games played, more articles, highlights and pictures from the classic visit the website at http://freshcoastclassic.org
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.
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
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! http://www.themorningblend.com/videos/124448264.html
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
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!
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!
FRESH COAST SUCCESS!!!
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!