THE KNIGHTS OF PYTHAGORAS
“Changing the Mindset of Young Men From Victims to World Leaders"
The James McInnis Council #10 Valley of Buffalo Knights of Pythagoras youth mentorship program held its first annual awards dinner last Friday, October 6 at True Bethel Baptist Church.
Thirty outstanding young men were honored before an audience of proud parents, supporters and community leaders. “This is proof that there are positive things in the City of Buffalo for our young men to be involved in, and this (Knights of Pythagoras) happens to be one of them,” said Sir Knight Pastor Rev. Kenneth A. Simmons, District Director and the driving force behind the program .
“It is a privilege and an honor to work with these outstanding young men,” he proudly stated “It is my hope that this program has instilled values and morals that will help these young men grow and develop into the leaders and protectors of this community.” Rev. Simmons son, Emmanuel Simmons, was among those honored. A Master Knight who sits on the state board, he received the MLK Leadership Award from the Grand Lodge of the State of New York.
The Knights of Pythagoras, dedicated to God and the Universal Brotherhood of Mankind, accepts boys between the ages of 7-17 and helps to develop them into young men. The program promotes family values, provide educational scholarships, and plays a significant role in the uplifting of humanity, explained Rev. Simmons. The paramount aim of the Order, he continued “ is to serve the youth of our community with a well-organized and supervised program to promote health, social activity, educational, vocational, character, and all-around development of boys throughout the City, while building better sons of today, and men of tomorrow.”
The Knight of Pythagoras youth participants include Emmanuel Simmons, Kenneth Elliott, Kyree Elliott, Kam’ern Black, Rashad James, Rashid James, Justice Anderson, Deven Perry, Christian Perry, Isaiah Perry, David Williams, Eugene Davis, James Byrd, Malcolm Rice, Zyre Hutcherson, Jerard Johnson, Jordan Johnson, De Andre Martin, Roman Harris, Marcus Trotter, Antoine Brooks, David Edwards, Willie Manuel, Mylen Hunter, Jaylen Gadley, Jason Gadley, Stephen Swaggard, and Raekwon Mason.
Prior to delivering the keynote address, R.W. John F. Hudson, the New York City - based State Director of the Knights of Pythagoras, said that he was there to encourage the young men “to stay focused.” The order, he said, teaches love of God, respect for parents and especially respect for women. And since the country’s leadership is setting a poor moral example, he said they (the young men) "need to know their job is to protect their families and their communities…our program teaches them to be leaders."
THE KNIGHTS OF PYTHAGORAS “Changing the Mindset of Young Men From Victims to World Leaders" Mr. Hudson, who runs the state-wide mentoring program, said that the Buffalo order, out of seven districts statewide, was one of the largest and fastest growing in the state. “It’s a beautiful program,” he said . Praising Rev Simmons on an excellent job, he noted, “the devil has always been after the male child that’s why we need more men like Bro. Kenny!" In addition to dedicating himself to The Knights of Pythagoras, Rev. Simmons is involved in little league baseball and football and serves as full time Pastor of The Cold Spring Bible Chapel.
He is Director of Youth and Recreation for the City of Buffalo and also serves as Chaplin at the East Ferry Youth Detention Center. The Order of Pythagoreans is sponsored by and is under the supervision of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New York. Ritual is the focal point of all of the Order’s programming. Through it, the candidate in his initiation into the Order is presented impressive lessons to teach Reverence for God, Love and Honor for his Parents, Righteous Thinking, Purity, Patriotism, Toleration, Courtesy, Friendship and Constancy.
A Pythagorean's aim is to become a better son, a better youth and citizen than ever before. The local council is the James McInnis Council #10 Order of the Knights of Pythagoras in the Valley of Buffalo sponsored by Ionic Lodge No.88 and the brothers of the 7th masonic district.
If you have a son, relative, neighbor, or know of any at risk youth that may benefit from such a program contact, Brother Sir Knight Kenneth Simmons (716) 812-9324 or Brother Kermit Q. Petty (716) 563.9657. Local sponsors included Ionic Lodge No. 88, the Community Action Organization of Buffalo and Erie County (CAO) and Mayor Byron Brown. Bro. Simmons expressed special thanks to sponsors of the mentoring program and especially loyal supporters Sis.. Michel Hunter-Elliott, the Parent Coordinator; Sis Maria Dockery, Sis. Shanise Anderson and Sis. Tamika Sanders.. “Thanks to all the mothers for the privilege of working with their children!" he said.