“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events.” -- Robert Kennedy
Michael Washington moved into the Ridge Road community in 1959 and soon discovered the Ridge Road Recreation Center as a youth.
Michael attended and graduated from Plummer Elementary, Sousa Junior High, and Anacostia High School. After graduating from high school, Michael found employment, in civilian capacity, at the Department of the Navy in l966. In 1968, Michael was drafted into the Army and served twelve months time in the Vietnam War. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the military, he went back to work. After 38 years of Federal Service, he retired from Naval Air Systems Command.
Michael volunteers for the Ridge Road Recreation Center because when he was a youth, there were two volunteers who touched his life: Donnell Mitchell and George Willis gave him his first taste of organized sports.
Michael and Tyrone Amos worked diligently in 1999 to get the Ridge Road Recreation Center reopened. The two were also instrumental in forming the Ridge Road Parents Association and the Friends of Road. They underwent the tasks of attending City Council meetings, Advisory Neighbor Council meetings, Community Summits, and One- on-One talks with Chairman Vincent Gray.
He has been credited with initiating the needs assessment, design and securing DC Council support for the construction of a new community center for the Ridge Road residents. The community was reward with a 2.8 million dollar Premier Athletic Field at Ridge Road Recreation Center.
Michael, and the Ridge Road Old-Timers, has kept the Ridge Road Recreation Center a peaceful and rewarding place to visit.
Michael’s motto is: “100 years from now, it will not matter the type of car you drove, the money in your bank account, the house you lived in; but the world will be a better place because you were important in the life of a child” (Anonymous)