The following individuals (left to right) participated in the ceremonial ribbon cutting at Mark Chapman Field on February 28: Leallen Smith, WCS board member; Mark Hall, WCS Athletic Complex facilities director; Dr. Rick Peters, WCS parent and friend of Mark Chapman; Cheryl Mellenthin, wife of Mark Chapman; Barbara Hite, constituent liaison for Houston City Council Member Larry Green; Mike White, WCS head of school; Lee Martin, former WCS board member and volunteer project co-chair; Randy King, WCS board member and volunteer project co-chair; Paul Arnold, WCS chaplain; Rosemary Martin, WCS board president.
On Tuesday, February 28, the Wildcat varsity baseball team “played ball” on its new home field, Mark Chapman Field, following a brief dedication ceremony recognizing the late Mark Chapman, his wife Cheryl Mellenthin, the current and former WCS board members and volunteer project co-chairs — Randy King and Lee Martin — and West Campus Facilities Director Mark Hall, all of whom gave so generously, of their time and financial blessings, to make the “field of dreams” a reality.
During the ceremony, WCS parent Dr. Rick Peters, the friend of Mark Chapman who introduced Mrs. Mellenthin to the school, described Chapman as a savvy “Renaissance man” who excelled in many areas: business, poetry, art, philosophy, law and athletics. Chapman grew up in Kansas and competed as a high school — for which he held a shot put record for 47 years — and college track and field student-athlete. He earned his undergraduate degree at Kansas State University, also the Wildcats, and has generously supported scholarships and other programs at his alma mater for many years.
With the completion of Chapman Field, the Wildcat Athletic Complex on the school’s West Campus is now home for varsity boys and girls soccer and varsity baseball, as well as several middle school sports, athletic practices, and the Fine Arts Department’s dance program.
“Mark Chapman had a passion for life, and today we celebrate his life and thank Cheryl for her generosity, as his passions and memory live on at Chapman Field. We at WCS are quietly exceptional, and we celebrate Mark and Cheryl, an exceptional team, who quietly do their thing for the benefit of so many.” — Dr. Rick Peters, WCS parent and friend of Mark Chapman
WCS choir director David Patterson led members of the school’s Honor Choir in the singing of the National Anthem before first pitch.