Lorinzer â€œLowâ€ Clark
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Contributing Writer
Lorinzer “Low” Clark has been helping the youth of Los Angeles obtain their goals for over 50 years. His new book Low Clark: Coach Clark’s Guide on how to Win in the Game of Life will allow his message to get out to even more children.
Clark’s book teaches children how to use school and sports to obtain careers when they become adults. The book focuses on key steps for a successful life, which include education, respect, encouragement, self-discipline, self reliance, team work, and faith.
Clark relates personal experiences along with the experiences of notable high achieving Americans of all persuasions. The book serves as a guide for young people on how to live a productive life.
Born in 1927 in Columbus, Ohio, Clark became a standout athlete at a very early age. After serving in the Navy in the early ’40s, he accepted a football scholarship at North Carolina A&T. He also attended Wilberforce State College, where he excelled in basketball, baseball, football, and boxing.
After college Clark became a basketball official, and he was the first black official in the PAC 8 (now the PAC 10).
In 1993 Clark retired from a 25-year career with the Los Angeles City Parks and Recreation. During his career he worked with inner city kids and community members, where he was recognized as a friend and a “troubleshooter.”
Clark has helped over 500 children make it to college and he helped Andre Miller, Reggie Theus, and Marcus Johnson make it to the NBA.
A key player that Clark helped was Gregory Thomas, who was one of his most promising players. But Thomas found himself caught up in drugs in the 1980s, and served eight years in prison.
While in prison Clark told Thomas that he could either waste his time in there, or he could start preparing for when he gets out. Clark stuck with Thomas, who went on to receive his bachelor and masters degrees. Thomas created the Kush Foundation, which keeps kids on the straight and narrow.
Thomas fell down, and with the help of Clark he picked himself back up, and he has been returning the favor to kids ever since.
Clark’s new book will ensure that his message will be heard by the youth of Los Angeles for years to come.