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Loucks Memorial Draws Athletes to White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The athletic complex at White Plains High School is named for Glenn D. Loucks, who was better known as "Coach" and was a a successful athlete, coach, teacher, administrator and community leader who served the people of White Plains and Westchester County from 1931 to 1962.

The Glenn D. Loucks Memorial Track and Field Games will be held Thursday through Saturday and will draw athletes from the local communities as well as from other New York state communities (including New York City), Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. Internationally, over the years, competitors have come from Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec in Canada and Bermuda.

A graduate of Oneida (N.Y.) High School and Syracuse University, Loucks was an All-State high school quarterback and a star of the Syracuse football team. He also excelled in basketball and baseball.

He came to White Plains High School in 1931 as head basketball coach. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he became head football coach in 1948. During the 24 years he coached the Tigers, his teams excelled and had a winning streak of 35 consecutive victories over a four-year period. In 1950, Mr. Loucks was named football "Coach of the Year" in Westchester. In 1953, he became the first winner of the White Plains Junior Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the community. He died in 1962.

The games begin on Thursday at 5 p.m. with several running relays and continues Friday at 3 p.m. with a full slate of track and field events. Saturday's schedule begins at 9 a.m. with official ceremonies being held on Saturday at noon prior to the events finals which begin at 1 p.m.

For more information and a full schedule of events, log on at www.theloucksgames.org.

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