The Raleigh Sports Club

The Raleigh Sports Club is in its 59th year of providing delicious Wednesday luncheons where 150 or more gather weekly to hear fascinating stories from riveting speakers representing all parts of the college and professional athletic scene.

Why Join?

Hear Directly from Athletes, Coaches or Athletic Administrators

Riveting Stories
Wolfpack Football Coach Dave Doeren helping us honor local student athlete, Braden Anghie a soccer player at Green Level High School

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 Dave Doeren, head football coach for the Wolfpack, or other local active college coaches, athletes, or athletic directors, or speakers from the world of professional sports, or even Hall of Fame athletes or coaches who represent a fascinating range of teams each with cherished memories and great stories to tell.

Student Athlete Of The Week

The RSC honors local high school student athletes for their achievements on the field, in the classroom and in the community. 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:
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Colin Cleary
Colin Cleary of Apex Friendship High School was honored October 20, 2021 as an outstanding student and as a superb athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. The weekly award was presented by Rick Ulasewich of the Club Board of Directors.

The RSC honors local high school student athletes for their achievements on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

Talk Sports!

Talk Sports

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.


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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The 2022-23 Season is scoring points with members

Our first three months of this new season show that everyone has been ready for sports talk and camaraderie! Attendance has been up, football is already approaching conference championships and bowl games, basketball is underway, our speakers and student-athletes have been terrific, and the food is delicious as always. The full list of speakers for the 2022-23 season is found by clicking on the Speakers Tab. Please note that the Raleigh Sports Club will NOT be meeting on November 23, nor on December 21 and 28 during these holiday weeks.

Upcoming RSC speakers are publicized in our weekly newsletter to members. These detailed descriptions of our meetings may be reviewed by using the links to past newsletters under the Archive Tab. The Speakers Tab also has a listing of last year's speakers along with names of the some of the famous speakers who have graced our stage during the past 58 years. We hope to have you join us soon for lunch and sports talk!

Robert Hinson Welcome
Club president, Robert Hinson, welcoming members as we began our 59th season of enjoyable Wednesday lunchtime gatherings.
Nifemi Kalejaiye
Nifemi Kalejaiye was our first recognized student-athlete of 2023. She has excelled as a student at Athens Drive High School as well as with indoor and outdoor track and field.
Tanner Thorson_ Jeff Gravely
Tanner Thorson, Student-Athlete of the week for Dec 7, 2022, was recognized for his achievements in the classroom at Wakefield High School as well as soccer and golf. With Tanner is Jeff Gravely, the informative and entertaining speaker for our luncheon.
Luke Jackson, Graham Boone, and Tommy Smith Jr.
Luke Jackson was recognized as the outstanding Student-Athlete of the week for Nov 9, 2022. He is seen here after the meeting flanked by our informative luncheon speaker, Graham Boone, Executive Director of Heels4Life, a new nonprofit organization that facilitates NIL (Name-Image-Likeness) opportunities for UNC football players. On the right is the Athens Drive High School head football coach, Tommy Smith, Jr., who introduced Luke and described his gridiron and classroom accomplishments.
Wade Warren
Wade Warren, student-athlete of the week, is the Broughton HS quarterback and pole vaulter who was recognized by Rick Ulasewich and the entire club for his outstanding accomplishments.
Hayden and Trent Hidlay
Speakers Hayden and Trent Hidlay, brothers who are All American wrestlers at NC State, entertained and enlightened us on the dedication required by their sport.
Jenna Van Matre Joe Giglio
The student-athlete for September 7 was Jenna Van Matre, cheerleading captain for Wake Christian Academy. She is shown here flanked by her parents and our knowledgeable and entertaining speaker, Joe Giglio.

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