Men's Basketball to Honor Sonny Parker Before Season Opener on Saturday
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.