Recreation’s Founding Director

Ben Cates

Thank you, Ben!

46 Great Years!

Ben Cates served as Rutherford County Recreation Director from 1972 until his retirement in 2018. 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.  Mr. Cates sadly passed away on May 15, 2021, but he still lives on in the programs he created.

Ben’s slogan that “Nobody Loses with County Rec!” is in our DNA.