Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Racing 4 Recovery

This past Saturday, the Mole Lake Casino & Lodge welcomed Brad Seavers and Racing 4 Recovery. In addition to racing, Brad shares his story of recovery, hope and courage.
While he has raced at Crandon before, it was his first time sharing his story in Mole Lake. How that came to be rests on the strong shoulders

Photo Courtesy of Kimberlee Solider

of Kimberlee Soldier.

“This event came to happen by just pure luck. Brad Seavers and I have a mutual friend – Jackson Abney. Jackson was working with Brad during the Crandon Spring Run. Inspired by him and his story in recovery, Jackson shared a bit about me and how he knows me,” Kimberlee began.

“Jackson and I met last year, and he has gotten to know me quite a bit. I’ve shared a lot about my journey in recovery with him, and we shared stories about our different but similar pasts in addiction. As Jackson and Brad bonded over racing and trucks, Jackson thought it would be a good idea that Brad and I meet. Brad agreed, and wanted to see if there would be a way that he could come to our community and share his story with the youth. Jackson is a great friend and I am grateful he introduced Brad and me,” she continued.

On June 22nd, my son Troy and I took a ride to Rib Lake to meet Brad and check out his Pro Lite truck. It was interesting and fun for both of us. Brad shared a bit of his story, and I shared with him a bit about mine. We agreed to work on a few dates to have a community event. With the help of the Mole Lake Coalition, Jake Godin, Marketing Manager for the Mole Lake Casino, Rachel Vodar, SCC Home School Coordinator, and Lana Winter, SCC AODA Counselor, we were able to pull it off!”
Photos by Richard D. Ackley, Jr.
“The day was a great success! We had approximately 60 community members join us for a few hours to listen to Brad share his story. We had donations from Sokaogon Finance, the Mole Lake Casino Lodge & Conference Center, Sokaogon Cenex and the Crandon International Off Road Raceway for giveaways to folks in attendance. There was a fundraiser food sale for the summer youth workers. The team Brad brought with him shared their stories, and why it is so important to them to be a part of Brad’s Racing for Recovery Race Team. It was beautiful.”
Photo Courtesy of Kimberlee Solider
Kimberlee also shared, “Hunter VanZile, son of George and Jeni VanZile, came with with his little race truck and that was awesome! I like to call Hunter “Musky Bait” and really think it is a wonderful thing that his parents encourage him to push for his dreams as a racer. All in all, it was a great day and we are already making plans for next year!”