The Central Lakes College Alumni Association and Raiders athletic department will co-sponsor a tribute to the men's and women's basketball teams a few days before state tournaments.
"Black and Red Day" at CLC will provide a spirited send-off as the men's team heads to Minneapolis and the women's team to Willmar for Minnesota College Athletic Conference state tournaments.
Students and staff are encouraged to wear CLC athletic team colors red and black to symbolize college-wide support for student-athletes.
In addition, Darlys Every, a 1961 graduate of Brainerd Junior College and fixture at Raiders athletic events, will be recognized as CLC's No. 1 fan at 11 a.m. in the college cafeteria. Several gifts will be presented in appreciation of Every's loyalty and support of Raider athletes.
Every, who is also a member of the Brainerd High School Athletic Hall of Fame, has witnessed nearly every CLC home athletic event, viewing the action from a wheelchair.
The member of the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club often follows the team on the road.
"Darlys often travels to the state tournament games, seeing us away from home, too," said CLC athletic director Jim Russell.
The Brainerd insurance agent has adapted to life with polio, which he contracted at age 12 while dreaming of his own athletic future.
Watching the Raiders compete are one of his favorite things to do. He has a courtside seat for home basketball games, thanks to transportation from cousin, Clem Maust. The pair will receive free lifetime passes to Raider athletic events.
"It's the best show in town, with the brand of basketball played at CLC," Every said. "They're fun to watch and a great bunch of guys. And, the coaches teach them more than the sport. They learn daily living skills through projects in the community."
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