Raeder's Raiders Spirit Award

The Raeder's Raiders Spirit Award was inspired by Michigan football player J. Paul Raeder and a number of his teammates, collectively known as “Raeder’s Raiders.” They quickly became favorites of fans, teammates, and coaches because of their hard-nosed, inspired play.  Time and time again, the Raiders provided a valuable spark to their entire team while coming off the bench.  The award, established in 2005, is sponsored by the Raeder family to commemorate J. Paul Raeder (Football, 1957-1961), who passed away in 2004.

2017 Ally Davis
2017 Raeder's Raiders Spirit Award recipient, Ally Davis, with Bob Stites of the Letterwinners M Club.

This award is presented annually by the Letterwinners M Club to the University of Michigan student-athlete who demonstrates character, teamwork, dedication, perseverance, and intensity in athletic performance, while coming off the bench.  Student-athletes from all sports who have earned a varsity letter are eligible to be nominated for the Raeder’s Raiders Spirit Award by their head coach or appointed representative of the program.  The nominees are voted on by the board of directors of the Letterwinners M Club.

Raeder's Raiders Award Winners
2017    Ally Davis, Volleyball
2016    Nick Renberg, Men's Cross Country
2015    Carly Warner, Volleyball
2014    Spike Albrecht, Men's Basketball
2013    April Newberry, Women's Crew
2012    Michelle McMahon, Volleyball
2011    Shawn Hunwick, Ice Hockey
2010    Courtney Boylan, Women's Basketball
2009    C.J. Lee, Men's Basketball
2008    Vanessa Sekhon, Field Hockey
2007    Katie Bohard, Women's Soccer
2006    Candace Gay, Volleyball

Only head coaches and their designees may nominate student-athletes for consideration of the Raeder's Raiders Award.  All submissions must be made using the the official nomination form, found HERE, and received no later than February 28, 2018.  

Please direct any questions to the Nominations & Awards Committee of the Letterwinners M Club via email at letterwinnersmclub@umich.edu.