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Goal post creates buzz in Weirton; a part of rich sports history

Updated: Friday, August 8 2014, 06:26 PM EDT
HANCOCK COUNTY, W.Va. – If you’re wondering why a goal post is at the end of Weir Avenue, it’s just the start of what will become a major attraction for people who live in Weirton because it will be covered with names of athletes who made it to the big time.
"I just think it's a great thing for Weirton,” said Brenda Mull, president of the Weirton Chamber of Commerce. “It's something that's going to be there forever."
It's the names that will soon be on the goal post that people won't forget. Weir Avenue is the perfect location because it's nationally known as the Street of Champions, where most athletes grew up.
"It's been a lot of fun,” Mull said. “It's become a lot of a community project as well. The Hancock County Commission donated the goal post to us."
Roughly 14 businesses came together, contributing finances and construction work for the goal post, which came from the old Jimmy Carey Stadium. Also Dennis Jones, executive director of the Weirton Museum, created the list of pro athletes from the area whose names will be on the goal post.
Jones, who says there are about 20 names now, is also busy working on a major Smithsonian Sports Exhibit, which will be coming to Weirton this month.
"We have some very nice displays put together on our local teams throughout the years,” Jones said. “Especially our championship teams, in football, baseball, basketball, and just about every sport "
People will get a chance to see the finished goal post at the unveiling Aug. 23.

Goal post creates buzz in Weirton; a part of rich sports history

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