Bridgeton Renames Street in Honor of Local Hero Richie KatesLast Edited:
Community members, family and local officials gathered in Bridgeton to celebrate the renaming of one of its streets on Sunday in honor of South Jersey boxing legend Richie Kates, who lived in the city as a child.
On Sunday, August 20th, Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly, as well as other local officials and residents, came together to rename Burt Street at Bridgeton City Park — at the All Sports Museum of Southern New Jersey — to "Richie Kates Sr. Way" in honor of the former boxing light-heavyweight title holder.
After his boxing career ended in 1983, Kates, now 64, returned to Bridgeton to use what he learned to provide guidance and inspiration to numerous children and adults in the area. He continues to serve his community in Cumberland County, volunteering at a local boxing gym to give pointers to young fighters.
Mayor Kelly said it was only fitting to dedicate a place in Bridgeton that will honor a man who represents the best in the community. He also noted that during a time when Confederate-era statues and monuments — and their removals — are causing controversy across the country, it is great that the community has come together to make this positive change to recognize one of its own members and leaders.
To watch the 2017 award-winning SNJ Today documentary on Richie Kates, and read about his story, click here.
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