Ben Cates served as Rutherford County Recreation Director since its inception in 1972. He inspired us with his leadership, wisdom, guidance, and his wonderful sense of humor. When asked about County Rec league play, Ben said,” Our goal is for the children to come and have fun. In competition, they are learning teamwork, taking instructions, balance winning and losing, and being a good sport.” Due to Ben’s hard work, County Rec has grown to include Jr. Pro Basketball, Jr. Pro Football, adult activities, baseball, softball, and Open Gym at schools across Rutherford County. Ben’s slogan that “Nobody Loses with County Rec” is in our DNA.