Rename Paul Manafort Drive to George Springer Drive in New Britain, CT
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Paul J. Manafort Drive is a street that runs along Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT.
In June 1994, the street was named after Paul J. Manafort, one of four brothers who inherited their father's New Britain demolition business. The street currently bears the same name as his son, Paul J. Manafort, a New Britain, CT native who was recently indicted on twelve federal criminal charges, including conspiracy against the United States.
This street next to New Britain's featured university should honor a better name.
Major League Baseball player and World Series champion George Springer is a New Britain, CT native. Springer attended and played baseball for New Britain High School and the University of Connecticut. He grew up watching the city's AA baseball team, the New Britain Rock Cats.
George Springer's athletic achievements are considerable. At the University of Connecticut he was named Big East Rookie of the Year in 2009, Big East Player of the Year in 2011, and was named to several All-American teams. In 2013, in AAA minor league baseball, he was named the Texas League Player of the Year. In Major League Baseball, he was named to the 2017 American League All-Star Team and led the Houston Astros to their first-ever World Series championship. George Springer hit 5 home runs over the thrilling seven game series and was named the 2017 World Series' Most Valuable Player.
George Springer also does charity work for children with speech development difficulties, having had a stutter his whole life. Springer participated in a baseball clinic in Newtown, CT for elementary school students in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Springer greeted Connecticut truckers who delivered relief supplies to Houston after the devastating Hurricane Harvey.
Let's give this street a name that New Britain can be proud of: George Springer Drive.
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