McKinley Classical Leadership Academy welcomes Musial Moments

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McKinley Middle kids getting ready for Musial Moments

Steve Warmack is a grizzled veteran of St. Louis Public Schools. He’s served in several roles in his career – teacher, administrator and general kid advocate.

Warmack’s latest assignment brought him to McKinley Classical Junior Academy. McKinley is a 6-12 school on St. Louis’ south side. It is one of the district’s academic gems; boasting some of the highest test scores in the state.

McKinley has had its challenges as well. A bullying incident last school year put the famed institution on the front page for all the wrong reasons.

That’s why Warmack is in place now. McKinley students have always had the aptitude for greatness. It’s the attitudes that need a little adjusting.

I gave two Musial Moments presentations on Monday morning. The middle schoolers were first at 8 a.m. and the high school came calling at 9:30. The kids were awesome for me and I’d like to think they’ll remember more from the presentation than just my handsome face.

Warmack brought me in first thing on a Monday because he’s trying to set a tone of respect and civility for his kids. I’m humbled he chose me and hope his trust was well-founded as McKinley goes through the school year.

Thanks to the faculty, staff and students at McKinley for being so great to me. I know I’ll see you all very soon.

Musial Moments presentations are led by Solomon Alexander (a.k.a. The Sportsmanship Guy), the director of the Sports Commission’s Sportsmanship Foundation. Through a fun and interactive 45-minute session, I motivate students to care about sportsmanship and to be good to those around them – just as Stan the Man did during his illustrious career and life.

Funding from Sports Commission supporters enables this program to be offered at no cost to participating groups. To bring Musial Moments to your school or organization, call 314-345-5130 or email


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