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Join The Raiders... The Chance is here!

LAKELAND, FL- Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL) Lakeland Raiders are pleased to be announcing a second try out. ”We want to out the best team possible on the field to display the best entertainment possible to our fans.” Owner Michael Mink is very excited about the core of his “Raider Battalion” and can't wait to add more talent to his roster.

The Raiders have began ticket sales and floor box sales along with advertising for companies and sponsorships. Michael said “Lakeland has welcomed us and we are very happy to be here. I did not think I would have this much support from the city when I originally planned this but I am glad I have the help and encouragement to succeed by The Lakeland Center and the city of Lakeland.” The Raiders still have many roster spots to fill and look forward to their open tryouts to do so. The team’s operations manager, Feddy Azofeifa did comment on how many emails he was receiving of interest of local player wanting to tryout and even players outside the state of Florida.

The Raiders are very excited today to announce that they have an official date, time and location for their final tryout. The host of the Raiders tryout will be Bryant Stadium in Lakeland located at 1125 N Florida Ave Lakeland, Fl 33805. The tryouts will be held on December 3, 2011 and registration will begin at 10am. Players are advised to bring cleats and proper clothes for a variety of different drills and plenty of liquids for hydration. The players can pre-register at www.lakelandraiders.com and click on player tryouts. The cost if pre-registered will be $40 and to register at the event will be $50.

Lakeland Raiders owner Michael Mink also commented ” We have had two tryouts and have found some great athletes but we are looking for the best players and still have many spots to fill on our roster. We hope everyone that attends is ready to compete but have fun during the tryouts. Hope to see everyone out there.”

For more information about the Lakeland Raiders visit the team website at www.lakelandraiders.com or call 863-834-7511. The Raiders will be playing home games at The Lakeland Center.  The Lakeland Center offers a full variety of sporting events, concerts and shows. The Lakeland Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm and can be reached at 863-834-8111.tLake c

The Raiders were founded by Michael Mink and owned by Michael Mink and Robert Tannenbaum. The Raiders are a Professional Indoor/Arena Football Team in the Ultimate Indoor Football League(www.theuifl.com). The Raiders organization is a community based team that supports affordable family fun and entertainment. The original Marine Raiders were honored a group of warriors and sons from America. The lost Marine Raider Battalions completed their mission in real war and were the pride of World War II. One Team. One Mission. The Invasion begins in 2012!


The Lakeland Raiders Announce Head Coach

LAKELAND, FL- The Lakeland Raiders have been working diligently for the past few months getting the team ready for the 2012 season.  Owner Michael Mink has coined his mission to make this team successful and prosperous by his hard work and dedication to not only the team but the city of Lakeland.  "All In!" is what Michael tells some people because he is putting everything he has to make sure the Raiders win a championship and are in Lakeland for many years ahead.  Some may see Michael around town with his Lakeland Raider wrapped Dodge Durango, courtesy of official partner Sign-a-rama.

Raiders Operations Manager's comments on the head coaching position,  "Today is a great day for our organization and for the team.  I have received many emails& phone calls from coaches all around the United States that were interested in our head coaching position.  I analyzed everyone who applied and talked on the phone for many hours in deliberation of who would be a great leader for this team."  The Lakeland Raiders are proud to announce that Michael Mink will be the head coach for the 2012 season.

Michael Mink  brings decades of football knowledge to the Raiders, serving as the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the American Indoor Football Association for 5 years. During his tenure, he ran operations for the League and served as owner, General Manager, and Head Coach of teams in the AIFA.  His head coaching jobs consist of the Montgomery Maulers, Carolina Speed, Ogden Knights, and the Yakima Valley Warriors. He was also the head coach for the original Gulf Coast Raiders which led his team to a 9-1 record. Michael’s career coaching record is 37-22 and has helped teams make the playoffs four out of six times. Mike has moved up over 66 players to higher level football leagues such as the Canadian Football League, Arena Football League and the National Football League during his tenure. Mink, a Tampa native, is ready to lead the way and showcase some of the top local talent in Lakeland and the surrounding areas. Michael is also a member of the minor league football hall of fame.  "I have had some good athletes on my teams previously is the most talented I have ever had.  I am eager to start coaching these men and get them ready for a championship season" commented Mink.

The Lakeland Raiders’ season tickets are on sale now and with prices ranging from $59 to $140. For fans wanting the “Ultimate In-The-Game-Experience,” lower level boxes, with seating for up to 10 fans, are available for $3500. Tickets are available at The Lakeland Center Box Office or by calling the Raiders Battalion at 863-834-7511.

For more information about the Lakeland Raiders visit the team website at www.lakelandraiders.com or call 863-834-7511. The Raiders will be playing home games at The Lakeland Center. The Lakeland Center offers a full variety of sporting events, concerts and shows. The Lakeland Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida. Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm and can be reached at 863-834-8111.

The Lakeland Raiders were founded by Michael Mink and co-owned by Michael Mink and Robert Tannenbaum. The Lakeland Raiders are a Professional Indoor/Arena Football Team in the Ultimate Indoor Football League(www.theuifl.com). The Lakeland Raiders organization is a community based team that supports affordable family fun and entertainment. The original Marine Raiders were a honored group of warriors and sons from America. The lost Marine Raider Battalions completed their mission in real war and were the pride of World War II. One Team. One Mission. The Invasion begins in 2012!


Mornings with the Mayor - Dec. 9th

Mayor Gow Fields invites local residents to attend the next Mornings with the Mayor event at 7 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2011 at Fred’s Southern Kitchen (2120 Harden Boulevard Lakeland, FL).  Mayor Fields will make his remarks and take questions from the audience around 7:30 a.m. after they have had a chance to go through the breakfast buffet.

Mayor Fields said, “Accessibility is one of the keys to local government and Mornings with the Mayor provides the opportunity for our citizens to share their views, ask questions and provide feedback on issues that are directly affecting them.” He added, “These events have been very successful and they allow me to spend valuable face to face time with our residents.”

Mornings with the Mayor allows residents an informal and comfortable forum in which to meet with the Mayor to talk about issues, ask questions, voice concerns and offer comments or suggestions.  Mayor Fields said, “It’s also an excellent way for us to gather candid feedback about how people feel things are going in our City; what amenities they particularly enjoy, areas they feel could use improvement, or what they’d like to see in the future.”

Fred’s Southern Kitchen has reserved a private dining area for the event.  The restaurant features a breakfast buffet as well as menu items.  Those wishing to partake in breakfast are responsible for the cost of their own meal.


SIGN UP FOR SANTA’S CALLING

PARKS & REC PROGRAM THAT HAS SANTA CALL ELEMENTARY AGED SCHOOL CHILDREN

LAKELAND, FL (November 9, 2011)  - The City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department has made special arrangements this year for Santa to phone local children from his workshop. Santa and his long distance operators will be calling elementary school-aged children on Tuesday, December 6th from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Please complete a Santa’s Calling form to ensure your child doesn’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Forms can also be picked up at any of the following facilities:

·         Kelly Recreation Complex – 404 Imperial Blvd.

·         Simpson Park Community Center – 1725 MLK Jr. Blvd.

·         City Hall – 228 S. Massachusetts Ave

·         Coleman-Bush Building – 1104 MLK Jr. Blvd.

All forms must be submitted by Monday, December 5th. Those wanting to participate can fax forms to 863-834-1310 or drop it off at any of the locations mentioned above.

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