Jim Tracy coached his University High of San Francisco girls' cross-country teams to a record 10 straight state championships, making him the most-decorated high school cross-country coach in California history.
In 2010, however, Tracy was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal illness commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
While he continues the face the greatest challenge of his life with deteriorating health, Tracy's life and dedication to his sport is being celebrated in an award-winning documentary, "Running for Jim." A special showing will be held Thursday at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, at 7:15 p.m.
Proceeds from the event -- tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students -- will be donated to the ALS Association Golden West Chapter to support ALS research and families in the Bay Area that are affected by ALS. A portion of the proceeds also will be donated to the Jim Tracy Special Needs Trust.
The film chronicles the story of Tracy, a deeply dedicated and brutally honest tough-love coach at University High and how he turned a small school into a state power.
Producer Robin Hauser Reynolds and coach Tracy will lead a short discussion/Q&A after the movie.
Recent awards for the movie included:
Best Feature Film, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival 2013; Best Feature Film, New Dehli Tiger Paw International Sports Film Festival 2013; Best Documentary Film, Central Florida Film Festival 2013
Menlo School freshman Gabriel Morgan will play his coach, Gareth Webber, Director of Squash at Los Gatos Squash, on Thursday for the final spot in the NetSuite Open's qualifying draw of 16. The two will meet at the Pacific Resorts Redwood Shores Club at 6 p.m.
Of the 16 players eligible for the qualifying tourney, 15 are confirmed. Of the final 16, four will earn spots into the Main Draw by winning two consecutive matches on Sept. 25 and 26.
The $70,000 Netsuite Open Squash Championships will run from Sept. 25-Oct. 1, with qualifying and early round matches being played at Stanford University, the Bay Club San Francisco, the Olympic Club, and University Club. Quarterfinals onward will be played on the south lawn of Justin Herman Plaza in a special "glass cube" show court.
The Stanford Water Polo Club was well-represented, both boys and girls, on the 2013 Junior Olympic All-American squads announced last week.
For the boys, the Stanford 12-under squad that finished second in the Platinum Division place Alexander Nemeth and Larsen Weigle on the First Team, while Jayden Kunwar and Sam Untrecht made the Second Team.
The Stanford 14-under team place Kyle Rumptz on Honorable Mention following a 12th-place finish.
The 16-under squad that also finished second in the Platinum Division placed Nick Bisconti and Nelson Perla-Ward on the First Team plus Jacob Pickard and Michael Swart on the Second Team.
The 18-under All-American team included Will Runkel of the Stanford Red team on the Honorable Mention squad.
For the girls, Stanford's 16-under squad that finished seventh overall placed Kristen Denney and Sam Acker on the Honorable Mention unit. The 18-under team got Caroline Anderson on Honorable Mention, as well, following a 10th-place finish last month in Orange County.
Priory is looking for a head track and field coach for the upcoming season this spring. Candidates must have previous coaching experience or extensive experience as an athlete in sprints and jumps. This is a stipend position. Practices are every day after school, generally beginning at 3:30 or 4 p.m., and meets will include weekday league meets and weekend invitationals. The team is usually around 40 boys and girls with a mixture of mostly beginner athletes with some higher-level athletes, as well. This spring, construction will be finishing up on a new track facility, as well. Please contact Mark Stogner, Athletic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 851-6107.