Reopening a gym after Hurricane Katrina

The spray-painted letters across the gym doors stated, “We will box again.”

It was the rallying cry left behind by a local boxing coach shortly after Hurricane Katrina’s waters flooded the 1932 gym, named the Edward A. Kattengell Center, with more than 5 feet of water. After five months of intense renovations, Operation Blessing restored the gym and adjoining community park. As of June 16th, they’ve celebrated its grand opening to the New Orleans community.


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