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Sports - October 26, 2011

Sports: Valparaiso Bowl raises money for Peninsula Bridge Program

A friendly rivalry between two neighboring high schools in Atherton is helping hundreds of middle school students in underserved communities on the Peninsula get a leg up in their academics.

The Peninsula Bridge Program benefits from the proceeds of the annual Valparaiso Bowl, two football games — junior varsity and varsity — that pit the Sacred Heart Prep Gators against the Menlo School Knights.

Both schools have hosted the games their Valparaiso Avenue campuses. The fundraising football match was conceived of nine years ago. That bowl raised about $1,000, according to a Bridge spokesperson. This year that number is expected to be close to $70,000.

This year, for the first time, the games will be held at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. The date is Friday, Nov. 11. The JV game will start at 4 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 for students and $10 for adults.

The Old Pro will be cooking up pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, hot dogs, and chicken Caesar wraps.

Menlo volunteers will be selling baked goods. Gate and concession proceeds, plus matching gifts from both schools' Circles of Champions, will go to the Bridge program.

Last summer the nonprofit Bridge program provided 356 students, in grades 5 through 8, with courses at Castilleja, Crystal Springs, Menlo, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph's, St. Matthew's and Woodside Priory campuses. The hope is to grow that number to more than 400 students next summer.

— Kate Daly

Lacrosse coach-training event in Menlo Park

The Menlo Atherton Youth Lacrosse Club (the "Grizzlies") is working with US Lacrosse, the national governing body for men's and women's lacrosse, to bring a one-day lacrosse coach-training event to Menlo Park on Sunday, Nov. 6.

"This event will provide local coaches a rare opportunity to learn from some of the most knowledgeable lacrosse coaching instructors in the country," says MJ Davey, founder of the local club.

This event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at La Entrada School, 2200 Sharon Road in Menlo Park.

The Grizzlies' mission is to bring the sport of lacrosse to kids in Menlo Park and Atherton, said Davey. The club currently fields teams for boys and girls ages 5-13.

Visit MenloAthertonLacrosse.com to register for the training or get more information about the local program.

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