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Community gathers for goal post dedication ceremony

Updated: Saturday, August 23 2014, 07:47 PM EDT


City leaders and community members gathered Saturday for a dedication ceremony for the goal post located near a busy intersection in Weirton.

The purpose of the goal post at the intersection of Cove Road and Weir Avenue is to recognize athletes from Weirton that made it big in professional sports.

The goal post has huge signs in the shape of a football, a baseball, a golf ball and a basketball with homegrown professional athletes’ names listed on each ball.

“This is very important to keep the youth remembering the athletes that grew up in our great city of Weirton and the history goes all the way back to the 40s,” Mayor of Weirton George Kondik said.

The goal post was placed on Weir Avenue because it is actually known as the “street of champions.” Weir Avenue is the one street in the country with the largest number of professional athletes to have grown up on.

Bob Kelley is a former athlete who grew up on Weir Avenue with many of the athletes listed on the goal post. During the dedication ceremony, Kelley shared with everyone what each of the athletes achieved in sports.

The goal post has lots of history too; it is from the former Jimmy Carey Stadium where most of the athletes being honored played on growing up.

President of the Weirton Area Museum Dennis Jones helped compose the list of athletes. At the ceremony, he recalled going to the football games when he was in school and all the memories the goal post brings back.

The goal post was a community project put together by lots of businesses, Weirton groups, city leaders and community members who wanted to cherish the city’s history.

“We just think it’s long past overdue to pay some recognition to what’s gone on in this community in reference to sports, we’re really proud in everyone coming together,” Brenda Mull, president of the Weirton Chamber of Commerce, said.

Mull said they have another goal post from the old stadium that they plan to place somewhere else in the city.

Community gathers for goal post dedication ceremony

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