Friday, August 03, 2007

McKnight Memorial Service Announced!

There will be a local memorial service for DC Boxing and Wrestling Chair Dr. Arnold McKnight on Monday, August 6 at 7 PM at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center.

The center is located at 701 Mississippi Avenue, SE in DC. Dr. McKnight was the director of the center since its opening in 2001.

3 comments:

J,D, Brown said...

Mac was my college coach and I have great memories , he pushed me to get my education even though I was a star player and could have taken the easy road. I am totally greatful you brought another level to the D.C. Boxing Commission and the public should know you helped a lot of Fighters in and out of the Ring. You will truly be missed. J.D. Brown

J,D, Brown said...

Mac was my college coach and I have great memories , he pushed me to get my education even though I was a star player and could have taken the easy road. I am totally greatful you brought another level to the D.C. Boxing Commission and the public should know you helped a lot of Fighters in and out of the Ring. You will truly be missed. J.D. Brown

Linda said...

I went. I went to honor someone that I only even knew because of boxing and my love of it. I went because he was nice to me and made me feel like the work I did mattered and meant something...in such a subtle way, I didn't even know it then. I didn't know Dr. Mcknight really...I went to some commission meetings and saw him ringside a few times. The most notable one was where I started shooting his picture when he came to the weigh in of DC first MMA event, that he and the commission really fought hard for. As he held his hand up laughing at my enthusiasm he said that I would single-handingly put DC on the map. I wondered what my place was at this memorial, among so many with such long memories and and deep blood and love. The Mayors...past and present were there...children he mentored and nurtured who gave unbelievable performance and broke down sobbing in tears after. Where did I fit in? It was a really a question I often wonder about why am I so drawn to boxing and feel more at home anywhere ringside than at home? It's 9:15, and I have to get up at four, so I undo the flash and pack the camera in the bag and head to my car, in SE a mile from where I grew up on Alabama Avenue...kind of numb and just not sure. The car parked in front of mine is a dark cab and with a driver at the wheel who says, excuse me, but do you have an extra program? I only had the one, remembered how I nearly took two when I got there nearly an hour before anyone else and didn't want to be greedy...well the programs quickly were spent. I paused and really didn't want to give mine up, so I told him that he could call the boxing commission and they could probably give him a copy. He said thank you and Dr. Mcknight was a friend of his and I would have liked to have had the program. I said tell you what, here is my card, please call me or email me and I will make a copy of the program and get it to you. As he took the card he said...that is exactly what Dr. Mcknight would have done. Somehow I felt a Zen answer in that and am really to tired to puzzle it. But it told me I was on the right track and I feel Dr. Mcknight's voice resonate all around me and I still don't know the why only that I am on the right path.