When I first got to SBCC as track and field coach in 1989, the new track was amazing — and all of the equipment and pits were appalling. Old, decrepit, torn, missing.

An athlete had to bring a pole vault crossbar because we had none. I started a fundraiser to raise $20,000.

Barry Berkus competed in the high jump at the All-Comers meets on Thursdays during the summer. He and his wife, Gail, contributed $14,000 towards the goal, and we hosted the CC State Meet that year.

A special man with a generous heart.

Robin Paulsen
Santa Barbara