2nd Annual Space Coast Ride for Our Troops
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Six-time UFC world champion fighter and UFC Hall of Fame member, Randy Couture, will be coming to Brevard County for the 2nd Annual Space Coast Ride for Our Troops. Couture will be arriving Thursday, November 16, and headlining four events over three days.
The four events include:
■ VIP Dinner- Thursday November 16, 2023.
■ Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts Mindset Seminar-Friday, November 17, 2023
■ VIP Beachside Pub Crawl- Friday, November 17, 2023
■ Space Coast Ride for Our Troops- Saturday, November 18, 2023
Proceeds from the four events will go to the Extreme Couture GI Foundation. I spoke with Couture recently and asked him about the origin of the Foundation and what it’s all about. Couture, an Army Veteran, fully understands the soldier and what challenges they face.
He told me that after visiting with soldiers and family members he realized how much help was needed, so “we stepped up and filed for 501 c3 status so we could not only raise awareness but also raise some funds to take some pressure” from Veterans and their families during difficult times.
I also talked with Priscilla Crawford, the Administrative Coordinator for XCGIF Space Coast Events. She told me, “We are really excited to be having Randy on the Space Coast again for the 2nd Annual Space Coast Ride for Our Troops. This year Extreme Couture GI Foundation (XCGIF) volunteers and our amazing community sponsors have created 4 events as part of our ‘Operation Space Coast’. We really hope to beat our fundraising total from last year and are happy to be able to help so many veterans in need.”
Crawford went on to say, that proceeds for the Mindset Seminar, only, will be shared with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
For information on the Extreme Couture GI Foundation, CLICK HERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Wilson was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and grew up in both New Orleans and Macon, Georgia. He moved to Brevard County in 1984 and retired from local government as the Community Advocate/Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Rockledge in 2018.
Among the awards and accolades Steve has received over the years are 15 + year Rockledge Little League volunteer, Brevard Public School Jefferson Award Recipient, Rockledge High School Raider Booster Award 2001, 2006, City of Rockledge Employee of the Year 2006, Rockledge Kiwanian of the Year 2006-2007, City of Rockledge Quality Public Service Award 2008, 2012, 2017, Rockledge Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 2012-2013, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Sportscasting 2015, Rockledge High School Leadership and Service Award 2016, Central Florida Humanitarian Award 2017, Space Coast Inspiration Award – 2018, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement – 2020 and Ecofest Achievement Award – 2022.
Wilson is especially proud of is chairing two fundraisers in support of pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Merritt Island resident Julie Spurlock that raised over $25,000.00.
He has been a partner, along with Orville Susong, for the past 24 years with the Friday Night Locker Room, a broadcasting team that covers and reports on a wide variety of local events that are of significance to the residents of the Space Coast and beyond. Their mission is to promote youth sports, support first responders and law enforcement personnel, and showcase community and charitable events that are produced by our nonprofit partners in central Florida.
The Friday Night Locker Room has awarded hundreds of sports achievement plaques to Brevard County student-athletes over the years. They have also awarded more than $18,000 in academic scholarships to Brevard County high school seniors.