As the founder of Time2Grind Boxing Club, a safe haven for at-risk youth in Baltimore’s Northeast section, Mack Allison III has already established himself as one of the city's saviors for young people. Now, he is turning his attention to sharing his knowledge with thousands, if not millions— as a published author.
Allison believes he is more than qualified to write a short-but-sweet memoir about youth boxing and youth sports, overall.
The book titled “Coach Mack’s Basic Training Guide: Boxing,” is a piece of literature that he believes can benefit boys, girls, their parents and even coaches and youth sports league administrators.
Allison actually wrote the initial draft several years ago, but in the past year felt the need to publish a revised edition reflecting on his memoirs. He says he has special reasons for producing the updated version.
"The book was written to serve as an inspiration to parents, coaches and ultimately to children and upcoming youths attracted to the boxing game," he said.
Coach Mack has continuously watched out not only for the kids but for (young) parents too. He says he tries to train parents to ensure that their children aren't being coached or coerced by adults who don't have their children's best interests in mind.
“I'm talking about sexual predators or pedophiles. You really have to pay close attention to your children these days," said Allison, 48.
"I also wrote the book for boxers and people who want to box, coach and to basically understand the values and nuances of the 'sweet science,' aka boxing," he said. "Boxing comes with lots of rules to follow in order to be successful in and out of the ring.”
Allison says he kept the book small in size on purpose.
"I want people to be able to carry it around— almost like a keepsake so it would be accessible anytime. So people are able to carry the book around with them in their pockets or their purses,” he said. “I have been in the boxing game for a long time. I feel like I can share my experiences with people to help them understand boxing, and to make the right decisions for their children."
Allison grew up in a single-parent household, so he relates well to his young mentees.
"I grew up in South Baltimore in the projects (Summerset, Murphy Homes and Flag House projects). My mother (Gladys Allison) raised nine of us. She was a single mom, but she didn't take [any] stuff. She was a disciplinarian— very tough. They called us 'Gladys Knight & The Pips' because it was so many of us," Allison said with a reflective chuckle.
After studying to work in private security, Allison eventually served in the juvenile corrections arena prior to founding his successful boxing facilities.
As the married parent of two sons and a daughter, Allison and his wife of 22 years, Dawn Allison were committed to seeing to it that their now-adult children also experienced their own levels of personal success.
The couple is very proud of Kendall, Maya and Mack IV.
Speaking of family, Mack Allison III says he received personal editing assistance from sisters Sheila Allison-Brown and Tania Allison.
The book is published by lulu.com and is available for sale for $12.00. For more information or to purchase a copy of the book, contact Mack Allison III at 443-631-1663 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org