Terry Parks believed in kids.
As a kid himself, Terry was an All-State athlete in football, baseball, and track, who moved on to play college football and semi-pro baseball. He grew up and married Helaine, and together, the two became devoted public school teachers. Terry also became a coach, where his passion for cultivating others’ passions took deep root.
When Terry's firstborn child, Jennie, was drawn to flute and piano instead of courts and fields, Terry didn’t blink. He nurtured Jennie’s talent with the same determination and admiration that he’d given his players. His son Cliff chose trumpet, then his daughter Mandy fell in love with dance. Only his youngest, Shawn, pursued football with the same predestined urgency as his father. Terry threw himself wholeheartedly into all four of his children’s Kingwood High School lettering activities with equal devotion, and then did the same for all of his grandchildren.
Terry passed away on October 25, 2019. We can think of no better way to honor him than to support the education of young people through sports, music, dance, and more. It is in that spirit that we are launching the Terry Parks Athletics & Fine Arts Scholarship Fund. All money raised will support Kingwood High School athletes and fine arts students.