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Cathy Summa-Wolfe
, Executive Director
Communications, Community Relations, and Advancement

College of Marin Celebrates its Sports Legacy at the Fifth Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner

Saturday, June 7
5 p.m. No-host social hour
6 p.m. Buffet dinner and induction

The Lodge at Tiburon
1651 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon

Tickets: $65 each. RSVP by Friday, May 30. Seating is limited.
Contact: Lindsay Bacigalupi, Athletics & Physical Education Department, 415.485.9580

KENTFIELD, CA—May 21, 2014—The fifth annual College of Marin Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, June 7, will honor five outstanding athletes and coaches as well as a sixth person whose decades of undeniable good cheer contributed to the overall success of the program for decades.

The evening event, sure to bring out some of the area’s best sports-related storytellers, is a chance to celebrate the dedication, achievements and heart of past athletes who continued to have an impact on the community long after they left College of Marin.

“This is a huge honor,” said Ted Popson, who thought he was too small to ever consider football when he was at the College in 1986, but ended up earning a full sports scholarship to a university, getting drafted into the national Football League and eventually playing with the San Francisco 49ers when they won the Super Bowl in 1994.

“College of Marin had a huge impact on my life,” Popson said.

The Hall of Fame 2014 inductees include:

  • Jay Johnson, Basketball (1963–1965)
  • Bob Justice, Swim and Dive, Water Polo (1964–1996)
  • Michael Parnow, Baseball (1970–1972)
  • Dan Lucia, Baseball (1976–1977)
  • Ted Popson, Football (1986–1988)
  • Diane Kukahiko, COM Athletics Department (1989–2011)

“This event builds our alumni base and brings in the past to hook up with the present,” said Matt Markovich, director of Physical Education and Athletics at College of Marin. “It’s a way to show our student athletes what they can accomplish if they come to College of Marin. After learning here at the College, these people have gone on to be very successful in their lives and careers.”

This year’s class honors a diverse group of athletes from various sports who were on campus during several different eras of the College’s almost 88-year history.

In addition, one of the inductees this year is Diane Kukahiko whose generous and ebullient presence as athletic secretary for 23 years embodied the spirit of the athletic program.

As the first person many of the athletes would meet as they came into the athletic offices, “she was just so valuable to the program for so many years,” Markovich said. “It’s a rich history that we have here.”

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