The 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment - Rough Riders, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed for the purpose of creating a perpetuating and living memorial to the unique accomplishments of President Theodore Roosevelt and the members of his famous volunteer cavalry regiment, known as the "Rough Riders". The Rough Riders played an instrumental role in the Spanish-American War when they sailed with Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt from Tampa to liberate Cuba from Spain.
It is the intent of the organization to keep the Rough Riders great moments in history alive. We do this by providing activities that educate people about history and maintaining Spanish-American War Monuments and artifacts. We also take part in cemetery re-dedications for fallen soldiers.
The Tampa Rough Riders also take pride in our never-ending work for local charities and children's groups. One of our most noted charitable efforts is our famous Teddy Bear Runs. The Teddy Bear was named in honor of President Roosevelt.
The Rough Riders also provide time and financial assistance to many through college scholarships, academic achievement awards, home restorations, improvements in surroundings for those in our community who are physically challenged, and the restoration work on many Rough Riders-related monuments including those located in Key West and on Egmont Key.