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    Nov. 5, 2013

    CHICAGO – Head Coach Howard Moore and the UIC men’s basketball program will be honoring Chicago youth advocate Sonny Parker before the Flames season-opener against Drake on Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT.

    Since 1990, Parker has devoted countless hours to his community as President of the Sonny Parker Youth Foundation.  The non-for-profit organization provides year round educational, recreational and multi-cultural enrichment programs for inner-city children.

    “Sonny Parker has been a role model for so many people here in Chicago,” said Moore.  “His dedication to the city’s youth is a testament to who he is as a person.  I am thrilled that our fans will experience this moment of recognition on Saturday night.  I am proud to have Sonny as a personal friend and a friend of our basketball program.”

    Parker graduated from Farragut High School, located about two miles from UIC’s campus, where he received All-City, All-State and All-Public League honors.  He has since been inducted into the Farragut, Chicago Public Schools and Illinois High School Hall of Fame.

    Parker, a first round draft pick by the Golden State Warriors in 1976, played six seasons of professional basketball and averaged 9.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game during his time as a pro.  He spent two seasons at Mineral Area College before transferring to Texas A&M where he led the Aggies to back-to-back Southwest Conference titles.

    Aside from being father to Duke freshman Jabari Parker, (Sonny) Parker’s nephew Jay Parker competes as point guard for the Flames.