Recreation & Library in Jersey City
Joined Forces to Celebrate National Library Week 2014
by Welcoming Sugar Ray Robinson II
A motivational speaker, Sugar Ray II spoke to the boys & girls in the JC Youth Boxing Program
The Jersey City Free Public Library ushered in National Library Week (April 13-19) a little bit early this year – on Thursday, April 10, to be exact.
That’s when the Youth Boxing Program of the Jersey City Department of Recreation joined the Library in hosting a special guest speaker at one of their scheduled boxing sessions – none other than Ray Robinson II, son of the world-renowned prizefighter, Sugar Ray Robinson.
Ray II, a father of five grown children, has been a motivational speaker since he was a child of 10, when drafted by his mother Edna Mae to pinch hit for his father, when Sugar Ray wasn’t able to address a gathering at a local church in Harlem. Over the years, his message has broadened and deepened, on the many ways to stay sharp, and how to value your contributions as a human being, in spite of what life throws in your path. Upon seeing the Jersey City Recreation newsletter on Jersey City Mayor Fulop’s launching of the boxing program for girls and boys, aged eight to 18, Sugar Ray II knew he wanted to talk to them.