Vandalized Jackie Robinson statue rededicated

August 19, 2013 4:26:49 PM PDT
A Brooklyn neighborhood is standing up to hate and honoring a sports legend by rededicating the statue of Jackie Robinson.

The Coney Island statue of Robinson and Brooklyn Dodger teammate Pee Wee Reese was vandalized with a swastika and profanity last week.

On Monday, several Little League players took part in a rededication ceremony.

Community leaders say they want to turn the act of destruction into an oportunity for unity.

The statue stands as a monument to the two men of "courage and conviction" as engraved on the base of the statue, which was originally erected in November 2005.

"The events of last week were both heartbreaking and incomprehensible" said Brooklyn Cyclones General Manager Steve Cohen. "But we are trying to turn the negative and disgusting actions of one person into a night of unity and understanding for an entire community. Over 60 years ago, Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese stood resolute in the face of bigotry and hatred, and in a much smaller way we are trying to do the same thing."