Charge Up San Juan Hill

Rough Riders

Tampa, Florida


The 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment "Rough Riders," Inc. was formed for the purpose of creating and perpetuating a living memorial to the unique accomplishment of President Theodore Roosevelt and the members of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment known as the "Rough Riders".

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Teddy Bear Run

Service

The Rough Riders believe in giving back to the community.  Members contribute time, money, and effort to several local and national charities.  Whether assisting with the Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, the Ronald McDonald House or others,  it's common to see uniformed Rough Riders lending a hand. 

We are best known for our own Teddy Bear runs where members hop on the Teddy Bear Express bus to deliver teddy bears to patients in hospitals. 

 

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Social

The Rough Riders are a social organization, holding many events for both our members and the public.  Many events are also act as charity fundraisers.  Rough Riders sponsor golf, fishing, clay-shooting, and poker tournaments along with toga parties, military balls and more.  

Rough Rider Float

Parades

With over 500 members, the Rough Riders are one of the largest groups that actively participate in the Gasparilla, Chasco, Veterans, and other parades from Tallahassee to Texas. We also attend the S'ant Yago Knight Parade and we the sponsors of the St. Patrick's Parade.  We have four floats including the custom rig seen here.

 

Rough Riders with Teddy

History

The Rough Riders take pride in our country and in the rich history of Teddy Roosevelt and the original Rough Riders.  Tampa was the embarkation point for the Rough Riders as they left to fight in Cuba during the Spanish American war.  Whether preserving local historical sites or participating in national events, we are committed to keeping the memory and the spirit of the Rough Riders alive for coming generations.

 

Charge Up San Juan Hill

Rough Riders

Tampa, Florida


The 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment "Rough Riders," Inc. was formed for the purpose of creating and perpetuating a living memorial to the unique accomplishment of President Theodore Roosevelt and the members of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment known as the "Rough Riders".

  The Rough Riders organization is a Service and Social club. It is the intent of the members of the organization to develop ways to celebrate this great moment in American History through educational activities, social service opportunities and festive events. The Rough Riders operate a speakers bureau and an active Historical Committee which seeks opportunities to inform and entertain the public about the achievements of the original Rough Riders and Theodore Roosevelt.Activities include maintenance of historical markers, restoration work on monuments and memorials to the Spanish American War.

The club participates in a wide variety of civic and service projects throughout the Tampa Bay area. These include Special Olympics, the March of Dimes, make a Wish Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Toys for Tots, Boy Scouts of America, Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the club has adopted Roosevelt Elementary as the recipient of time and monies for academic achievement awards. The Rough Riders visit area hospitals on a regular basis. During these "Teddy Bear Runs" the members bring cheer to sick and injured children. The kids are showered with attention that includes parade beads, Teddy Roosevelt coins and cuddly "Teddy Bears".

In addition to the more serious club endeavors, the members haven't forgotten how to have fun. The club currently participates in 14 separate parades throughout the United States and the Caribbean.These include Tampa's own Gasparilla Invasion, the Sant Yago Knight Parade, and the Rough Riders own St. Patrick's Day parade in Ybor City. Other cities that receive the special shower of Rough Rider souvenirs include Brandon, Temple Terrace, Bradenton, Clearwater, Key West, San Antonio, Texas and the Cayman Islands. When they are not parading, the Rough Riders may be found hosting a variety of parties throughout the year. These range from Black Tie affairs including a Debutante Ball and a Military Dress Ball, to very casual events such a Las Vegas Night or a block party in Ybor City. The Rough Riders are active supporters of the Inter Krewe Council and club officers visit other club's festivities throughout the year.

Today's Rough Riders represent a cross section of the Tampa population. Membership currently totals over 500 men and women. Where ever the Rough Riders uniform is seen including the tan slouch hat, the navy blue shirt, khaki pants and polka dot bandanna it means that Tampa's History is alive and is celebrated by people dedicated to community involvement.

 

Upcoming Events

Oct.8

Fantasy Fest Meeting

Oct.11

USF Tail Gating

Oct.13

FNG Orientation

Oct.15

Bead Social

Oct.16

Clays Meeting

Oct.17

Yerrid Fishing Derby

Oct.17 Bridge Dedication/Run
Oct.18 Children's Fishing Trip
Oct 25 Fantasy Fest Parade

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