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Old First Ward is proud of its incredible athletes

I enjoyed The News articles on Feb. 22 and 23 of Western New York’s top athletes.

Jimmy Slattery, the former light heavyweight champion of the boxing world in the ’20s, was one of the sport’s greatest fighters. “Slats” was born and raised in the Old First Ward.

And there was Christian Laettner, the outstanding star of Duke University’s national basketball championship teams of 1991 and 1992. He gave the memorable “shot” at the buzzer against Kentucky in a double overtime win. His father, George Laettner, and grandfather were born and raised in the Old First Ward.

Both Slattery and Laettner are proud sons of the Ward.

Mike Catanzaro

First Ward Reunion

East Aurora