|Team history||Racine Raiders (1953–1975)|
North Shore Gladiators (1978)
Racine Gladiators (1979–1985)
Racine Raiders (1986–present)
|Based in||Racine, Wisconsin|
|Colors||Black, silver, cardinal|
|Head coach||Wilbert Kennedy|
|Championships||9 (1981, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1995, 2001, 2012, 2014)|
|Dancers||Raiders Dance and Stunt Team|
Founded in 1953, they are the oldest minor league football team still operating in Wisconsin. They own a total of nine national titles. The Raiders were the first minor league football team to gain 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The organization is composed entirely of volunteers. The helmet design is a silver background with a cowboy bandit in black with an eye patch on the left eye with a half and half bandanna of cardinal and black.
- President: Matt Nelson
- General Manager: Robbie Harrington
- Head Coach: Wilbert Kennedy
William "Wigs" Konicek, a graduate of Horlick High School and local restaurateur, started the Racine Raiders in 1953. The team began in the Bi-States Football League (BSFL) and won their first league championship in 1954.
The team was able to sustain itself until 1975 when it disbanded. Although they did not field a team for the 1976 and 1977 season, they remained organized for those seasons. New owners started the Racine Gladiators in 1978. They paid players and were successful on the field, winning three National Championships. Unfortunately, the team fell on hard times and disbanded in 1985.
In 1986, Bob Milkie, a retired bearing company executive, Joe Mooney, a police sergeant, Jess Levin, a local banker, and others rebuilt the team, this time as community-owned, non-profit organization.
Perhaps the biggest moment in the team's history, as well as that of minor league football, came in 1989 when the team traveled to Ottawa, Canada, to play in a World Championship game. While the team won the game in five degree weather and a blizzard, just playing the game was the important element. The team was now able to apply for, and received, 501(c)3 Not-For-Profit status from the Internal Revenue Service, setting the tone for dozens of minor league football teams since to be able to do the same.
The Raiders have won nine National Championships and have had nearly a dozen players with National Football League (NFL) experience. They also have 31 players, coaches or staff in the American Football Association (AFA) Semi Pro Hall of Fame, more than any other team.
American Football Association (AFA) Minor League Football Hall of Fame
|1982||Harry Gilbert||Coach Category|
|1987||Bob Milkie||Player Category|
|1988||Kurt Kampendahl||Player Category|
|1988||Ed O'Reilly||Coach Category|
|1989||Greg Johnson||Player Category|
|1990||Charlie Bliss||Player Category|
|1994||Norm Killion||Coach Category|
|1996||Ron Hart||Player Category|
|1997||Tom Kohr||Coach Category|
|1999||Arnie Garber||Coach Category|
|1999||Joe Mooney||Executive Category|
|2000||John Scardina||Player Category|
|2001||Phil Micech||Player Category|
|2002||Tony Lombardo||Player Category|
|2003||Jordan Kopac||Coach Category|
|2003||Dennis Galipo||Player Category|
|2004||Brian Forston||Player Category|
|2004||Brian Erickson||Player Category|
|2005||Ron Anton||Player Category|
|2005||Terry Converse||Coach Category|
|2005||Gary Kuykendall||Player Category|
|2005||Mike Willkomm||Player Category|
|2006||Dan Dragan||Player Category|
|2006||Gary Suhr||Media Category|
|2007||Chris Pivovar||Coach Category|
|2007||Scott Smith||Player Category|
|2010||Greg Fictum||Player Category|
|2010||Jerry Kupper||Coach Category|
|2013||Wilbert Kennedy||Player Category|
|2013||Brian Jansen||Player Category|
|2015||Pedro Trevino||Coach Category|
|2016||Adam Walker||Player Category|
|2018||Todd Gorsline||Player Category|
|2018||John Mamerow||Player Category|
|2019||Mark Trudel||Player Category|
|2019||Don Wadewitz||Media Category|
Minor League Football News Hall of Fame
|11||Charlie Bliss||Quarterback||1980–1989, 1992|
|23||Tony Lombardo||Running back||1962–1966|
|53||L. Fred Vondra||Center||1979–1985|
|55||Wilbert Kennedy||Defensive tackle||1988–2009|
|74||Kurt Kampendahl||Defensive tackle||1982–1993|
|75||Ron Hart||Defensive tackle||1964–1975|
|82||Ron Anton||Tight end||1964–1973|
|83||Phil Micech||Defensive end/Defensive tackle/Tight end||1985–1995, 2001|
Players that played professional outdoor football
- Ron Daugherty - Minnesota Vikings (1987)
- Don Deerwester - Chicago/Bloomfield Cardinals (1947)
- Greg Dubinetz - Cincinnati Bengals (1975), Charlotte Hornets (1975), British Columbia Lions (1977), New York Giants (1977), Toronto Argonauts (1976, 1978), Washington Redskins (1979), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1980)
- Jim Haluska - Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns (1956) 
- Tony Lombardo - Philadelphia Eagles (1964)
- Brian Lindstrom - Buffalo Bills (1972) 
- Phil Micech - Minnesota Vikings (1987)
- Brent Moss - St. Louis Rams (1995)
- Don Perkins - Green Bay Packers (1943–1945), Chicago Bears (1945–1946)
- Tim Rucks - New York Jets (1983)
- Dave Smith (fullback) - Houston Oilers (1960–1964) Sporting News All-AFL in 1960. Member of AFL's first two championship teams in 1960 and 1961.
- Ralph Thomas - Chicago Cardinals (1952), Washington Redskins (1955–1956)
- Matt Turk - Washington Redskins (1995–99), Miami Dolphins (2000–01, 2003–05), New York Jets (2002), St. Louis Rams (2006), Houston Texans (2007–2010;2011), Jacksonville Jaguars (2011).
- Fred Venturelli - Chicago Bears (1948)
- Adam Walker - Minnesota Vikings (1987)
- Kevin Webster - Minnesota Vikings (1987) 
- Brett Wilson - Minnesota Vikings (1987)
|1964–1967, 1982||Harry Gilbert||(44-9-2)|
|1975, 1979||Larry Benjamin||(15-12)|
|1980–81, 1986–90, 1997–2000||Bob Milkie||(137-29-0)|
|2001, 2005–2007, 2011||Jordan Kopac||(63-20-0)|
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