The Raleigh Sports Club is in its 55th year of providing weekly luncheons where 150 or more gather each week to hear fascinating stories from riveting speakers representing all parts of the college and professional athletic scene. The Club also recognizes an outstanding high school student-athlete each week, enjoys camaraderie with sports minded friends, partakes of a delicious buffet lunch, tests skills at picking winners of weekly sporting events, and occasionally goes home with a free meal voucher or door prize. Established in 1964 with 12 charter members, the Club has grown to fill Bradley Hall at Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road.
Hear Riveting Stories
At the Raleigh Sports Club we introduce members to a wide and very impressive variety of speakers to our weekly meetings. On any given week, you could hear from Frank Beamer, the Hall of Fame former football coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies (shown above), the head coach of an NCAA champion basketball team, a professional referee, or the receiver who became famous for making the winning catch.
Student Athlete Of The Week
Wake County Coaches and Athletic Directors can nominate local high school student athletes for the RSC Student Athlete of the Week" award by completing this form:
The RSC honors local high school student athletes for their achievements on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
The RSC has a wonderful southern style buffet. Long lines form to get some of the best food and hear some of the most prominent sports speakers in the country. Get there early to get a good seat.
THANKS TO MORT'S TROPHIES AND AWARDS
For many years Mort's of Raleigh, NC has been donating the custom engraved plaque that is presented to the Student-Athlete who is honored each week by the Raleigh Sports Club. We appreciate Mort's gracious contributions to recognizing the amazing achievements of our local high school youth.
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About the Raleigh Sports Club:
Our meetings are held in Bradley Hall inside Highland Church, 1901 Ridge Road at the intersection of Lake Boone Trail, just inside the Raleigh Beltline. Buffet lines open at 11:30am and the meeting runs from Noon until 1:00pm on Wednesdays. Meetings are typically held every week (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays) from early September through late March.
The Raleigh Sports Club Officers and Board of Directors
Annual Banquet was held APRIL 3, 2019 at North Ridge Country Club
The Club's season ending banquet was held on Wednesday evening, April 3 with more than 160 in attendance. We enjoyed a Social Hour and delicious dinner followed by the introduction of the four Student-Athlete winners of a $2000 college scholarship each along with a beautifully framed certificate. Next to be introduced was the Raleigh Sports Club High School Coach of the Year who received a certificate and a check for $1000.
2019 Raleigh Sports Club Scholarship Recipients
Cynthia Woodward, Ravenscroft High School
Tennis, Basketball, Track
Reghan Flores, Wake Forest HS
Cross Country, Track, Soccer
Chase Graham, Athens Drive HS
Alex Santiago, Millbrook High School
2019 Raleigh Sports Club Coach of the Year
Alix Charles, Ravenscroft High School
Boys and Girls Soccer Coach
Finally, we were treated to wit and wisdom from our keynote speaker, Eddie Biedenbach, a member of the NC Sports Hall of Fame. Eddie was an All ACC basketball guard for NC State and later an assistant coach on the 1974 national championship Wolfpack team. Eddie's 40 year coaching career has provided wonderful insights and amazing experiences that have built his reputation as a terrific story teller.
President Carol Pope closed the banquet with wishes to everyone for a wonderful summer and the invitation to meet back again for lunch and a new program that will begin our new season on Wednesday, September 4.
Sports Club Programs for 2019-2020
September 4, 2019
Boo Corrigan, Director of Athletics NC State University
September 11, 2019
Eric Montross, Rams Club, UNC-Chapel Hill
September 18, 2019
Jeff Gravley, WRAL Sports Anchor
September 25, 2019
LaVelle Moton, NC Central Head Coach, Men's Basketball
October 2, 2019
Dave Harding, Duke University, Director of Blue Devil Network, Football
October 9, 2019
Hugh Durham, Former Head Basketball Coach
October 16, 2019
"Roz" Rosalyn Durant, ESPN, Sr VP, College Networks
October 23, 2019
Braden Holloway, NC State University, Swimming Head Coach
October 30, 2019
John Currie, Director of Athletics, Wake Forest University
November 6, 2019
Wes Moore, NC State University, Women's Head Basketball Coach
November 13, 2019
Joe Ovies, 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio, Co-Host
November 20, 2019
Jon Gilbert, Director of Athletics, East Carolina Univ.
December 4, 2019
Paul Brazeau, Sr Associate ACC Commissioner-Men's Basketball
December 11, 2019
Cliff Godwin, East Carolina University, Head Baseball Coach
December 18, 2019
Courtney Banghart, UNC-Chapel Hill, Head Women's Basketball Coach
January 08, 2020
Rick Steinbacher, UNC-Chapel Hill, Sr. Associate Athletic Director
January 15, 2020
Mark Gangloff, UNC-Chapel Hill, Head Swim Coach
January 22, 2020
John Danowski, Head Lacrosse Coach, Duke University
February 05, 2020
Elliott Avent, NC State University, Head Baseball Coach
February 12, 2020
Mike Fox, UNC-Chapel Hill, Head Baseball Coach
February 19, 2020
Mike Houston, East Carolina University, Head Football Coach
February 26, 2020
Joe Kremer, Carolina Mudcats, VP & General Manager
March 11, 2020
Mike Minter, Campbell University, Head Football Coach
March 18, 2020
Dave Doeren, NC State University, Head Football Coach
March 25, 2020
David Cutcliffe, Head Football Coach, Duke University