By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, [email protected]
Kingman Boys & Girls Club celebrated a half century changing lives in the District at its 50th Anniversary Awards banquet at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md. A group of D.C.’s most influential urban contributors were honored for their extended volunteerism that has benefitted the District for generations.
One of Kingman’s most significant alumni is Ward 5 Council member Kenyon McDuffie. In addition to serving as the chairman pro tempore, McDuffie is also a member of the Council’s Committee on Business and Economic Development. He credits much of his success to the foundation that was laid during the times of his youth that he spent at Kingman.
The Kingman BGC’s impact on the community has gone well beyond the citywide championships its sports programs have garnered. It has become known for being a transformative place in the community that has groomed young people into educated professional leaders who’ve contributed to the quality of life in the nation’s capital.
Since 1969, 2,000 children’s lives have changed inside the building in the Logan Circle Cardozo community of Northwest, D.C. Many successful young residents have been changed by using sports as an enjoyable activity for young people, which serves as the impetus to future success. Their athletic programs have won national championship and many have become professional athletes. The club has also been a sanctuary for many kids.
At the core of the Kingman BGC’s success are the efforts of its volunteers. Hundreds of people from the community, not only give their time, they also contribute by helping support with in-kind financial sacrifices and by their mentoring through academic support programs to improve literacy and increase self confidence.