Sports - September 28, 2011

M-A celebrates life of Coach Parks

A celebration of the life of the legendary Coach Ben Parks will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, where he coached football and wrestling for many years.

Marc Rogers of the M-A High class of 1975, who is helping organize the event, said there will be three venues.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a 23-minute documentary on Coach Parks will be shown in the Performing Arts Center on campus.

From 11:30 to 1 p.m., on Coach Parks Field at M-A, speakers will share their connections to Coach Parks. Among those scheduled to speak: NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, venture capitalist Steve Westly, and the Parks family. Former local sportscaster Jan Hutchins will be master of ceremonies.

From 1 p.m. on, people are encouraged to mingle and share memories in Ayers (main) gym on the campus. There will be slide shows, memorabilia, and an opportunity to share your stories on video.

Food and drinks will be sold by M-A student groups outside the gym. All proceeds will benefit the school.

M-A High is at 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton. Additional parking will be available across Middlefield Road at SRI International. Organizers ask that attendees park there first if possible.

A tribute to Coach Parks, along with the dedication of the new field lights, is planned to take place during half-time of the M-A football game at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.

Visit for more information including a link to a Facebook page.

For more information or if you want to help, contact Marc Rogers at (650) 906-9476 or by email:


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