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Central Lakes College has a proud tradition of academic and athletic achievement among our students. Raider athletes demonstrate the hallmarks of good citizenship through dedication and discipline in the spirit of sportsmanship and teamwork. It is our mission to build futures – bright futures. We’re here to help you shine.

Raider Athletics Mission Statement: We believe all members of Raider Athletics have the right and responsibility to exhibit integrity in academics, in citizenship, and in athletic competition.

ACADEMICS - Raider Athletics should contribute to the overall quality of a student’s educational experience. Athletics should teach the value of teamwork, commitment, perseverance, communication, and giving your best. These values will help to foster success in a student-athlete’s academic programs.

CITIZENSHIP - Participation in Raider Athletics will contribute to the personal growth of the participants by promoting and developing attributes such as dedication, discipline, responsibility, cooperation, self-confidence, leadership and citizenship. These attributes will help to foster productive citizens in our athletic community, our college-wide community and our local surrounding community.

COMPETITION - All members of Raider Athletics are expected to uphold the practice of good sportsmanship and fair play in their pursuit of excellence. Respect for teammates, coaches, administrators, opponents and officials are a high priority.

Equity in Athletics Data Analysis Report (pdf)

The supervised Raider exercise facilities are open to all students and offer a variety of tools for physical activity such as strength building.
The Raider fast-pitch softball field at the Findorff Athletic Complex lies in a wind-sheltered pocket, constructed to collegiate specifications amid pine trees. Essential materials were donated by friends in the business community.
Enhanced by landscaping students at CLC, the Raider baseball field is well-maintained by the college grounds-keeping staff which takes pride in the Findorff Athletic Complex. A hillside fan deck offers excellent sight lines to the action and aluminum bleachers are easily accessed by the flora-adorned, asphalt walkway.
The Paul C. Findorff Athletic Complex north of the Brainerd campus on College Drive features the home fields for Raider football, baseball, and softball, complete with ample parking and manicured grounds maintained by a dedicated grounds-keeping team. CLC’s Horticulture program students have enhanced the site with creations from the Landscape Technology lab. Paul C. Findorff was an instructor at the Brainerd campus. In his memory, the family donated funds that not only produced the athletic complex but also sustain a scholarship to the Outstanding CLC Business Student each year.
The gymnasium on the Brainerd campus seats more than 1,000 and is home to Raider volleyball and basketball programs which are perennial powers in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference. Championship-caliber competition gives Raider fans the high-energy excitement that is a trademark of the young men and women whose teams compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The Raider football field and adjacent practice grounds at the Findorff Athletic Complex serve student athletes coached by an excellent staff dedicated to a winning tradition. The 2009 Raiders captured the MCAC state championship, and the 2010 team earned an Arizona bowl bid.
Community Service

Citizenship and dedication to serving one's community contribute to personal growth, which is one reason Raider Athletics are helping others. Central Lakes College encourages its students and staff to give back to the community. Civic engagement for Raider athletes means such organized team activities as:

  • Habitat for Humanity home building and Restore assistance
  • Soup Kitchen food preparation, serving, and clean-up
  • Dock installation and removal at Confidence Learning Center
  • After-school sports clinics for elementary pupils
  • Demonstrations of drills and skills for junior high athletes
  • School-day reading time at elementary schools
  • Cheer for the Cure cancer awareness fund-raising
  • Officiating Brainerd High School home volleyball matches.
  • Hosting National Girls and Women in Sports Day Clinic
  • Assisting at Girl Scouts Leadership Development Camp
  • Coaching youth baseball teams
  • Furnishing WNBA star Lindsay Whalen as basketball clinic speaker
  • Summer leagues in youth basketball, volleyball
  • Assisting Brainerd Parks and Rec with girls' softball try-outs