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Racine & Me November 4, 2018: Band of Blue, Startup Racine, and Horlick HS Football Coach Brian Fletcher

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Jacob Kittilstad welcomed the returning guests from the Back the Badge Golf Outing & Dinner for this year’s check presentation for Band of Blue. The golf outing itself is an event for members of law enforcement to relax and enjoy some time with their co-workers away from work – but it also raised money for the charity which gives positive life experiences to children of officers who have died while on the job. Click here to learn more about the event and click here to learn more about Band of Blue

StartupRacine is a spin-off from Startup Milwaukee – which seeks to connect entrepreneurs with local resources. Jacob learned about the line-up for Racine Startup Week which will educate people on how to find capital, know what to look for while navigating the legal aspects of a new business, and understand the importance of online marketing. Organizers hope the network established at events like this will promote growth within the community and act as a sort of idea incubator. Click here to learn more about Startup Racine

The football program at Horlick High School has seen a lot of success this season – and Head Coach Brian Fletcher is getting some recognition for that after being nominated for the U.S. Cellular “Most Valuable Coach” award. He’s already made it into the top 15 and, if he wins, he stands to bring in tens of thousands of dollars for the school. Click here to learn how to vote in the competition


Senior Lineman Stephon Chapman talked about Coach Fletcher’s impact on the Horlick High School Football team. Jacob also asked Chapman about his own personal story – which included a lot of moving around the country as a young man, until he finally made the decision to stay in the city of Racine and continue playing football. He says it’s been challenging at times but he’s gotten a lot of support from the community, friends, and coaching staff – and now he’s looking at scholarships to play football at the college level and continue his education. Click here to learn how to vote in the Most Valuable Coach competition

Guests: Ray Sartler – Back the Badge Golf Outing Co-Founder, Brian Lauer – Back the Badge Golf Outing Co-Founder, Lt. Michael Smith – Band of Blue Founder, Lt. Shawn Barker – Racine County Sheriff’s Department, Sarah Kapellusch – Startup Racine Staff, Brian Fletcher – Horlick High School Football Head Coach, Stephon Chapman – Horlick High School Football Senior Lineman

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