Prior to winning the City of Chester’s fourth annual Soapbox Derby on Saturday afternoon, nine-year-old Kenneth Alexis-Ramos was anticipating victory.
“I really want to win a trophy so I can put it in my house,” he said. “My family would like that a lot.”
And win he did!
Alexis-Ramos, who moved to the United States from Puerto Rico this summer, represented the Earl L. Foster Funeral Home and was victorious in every heat of the race. In the final, he defeated a car representing Chester City Council. “This is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me,” he said.
Boys and girls ages 10-14 were invited to participate in the event held at Concord Ave. and Lamokin St. The motor-less, go-cart type vehicles were constructed by participants using a special tool kit. The cars were sponsored by local businesses and city-related programs including Phatso’s, Earl L. Foster Funeral Home, Weed and Seed, Chester Police Department, PAL program, Chester City Council, Mayor Wendell N. Butler, the Chester YWCA, Calvary Church, the Chester Youth Collaborative, and many more.
Chester Deputy Recreation Director Brian Warren said…