In Their Own Words

Dwight Warren, LeftPraise for the McKim Center:

“ Not only did McKim provide me an escape from a childhood of challenges in the projects, but it also gave me the structured environment, skills and opportunity I needed to build a life of purpose and service. McKim was my rock.”
Dr. Warren Jones, PhD, McKim alumnus

“The safe haven that McKim provided was a crucial part of my childhood development.”
LaShawn Evans, McKim alumnae and staff member

“My mother battled drug addiction. My father was sentenced to life in prison… McKim and wrestling saved my life…It brought me out of a dark place and taught me the importance of discipline and careful forethought, and decision-making…”
Chris Jones, McKim alumnus, educator, coach, and minister

Praise for Mr. Dwight Warren, Executive Director, McKim:

“To me, he was a leader, an example, a big brother, and a father figure.”
Dr. Warren Jones, PhD, McKim alumnus

“Nearly 900 men call Mr. Warren, ‘Dad.'”
Volunteer, Anna Fedder

Praise for Coach Ron Jackson:

“He taught important life lessons to hundreds of young men. Lessons about teamwork, dedication, commitment, passion, and working towards a common goal. To many, Coach Jackson has been the most important person in their lives… he greats his team everyday by saying ‘hi, family’ Volunteer, Maggie Sieglein

“…He has coached 34 junior league champions, 2 high school national champions, and run the Baltimore City wrestling championships for over 15 years.” Press release upon Coach Jackson’s induction into the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
(He also coached athletes who went on to stellar athletic careers themselves, including NFL star and Superbowl winner, Shaquil Barrett, and Chris Jones, Head Coach at Loyola Blakefield.