"For me, the grind became a lifestyle. It's just how I live now: wake up early, sleep early, eat...I can't change now. It's the way I live. Every day I gotta get up and go get it, there's no other way to live. And everybody wants it but they don't want to put the work in. So you gotta ask yourself...do you really want it?"
- Patrick Parker ('14), former Queens College men's basketball player
Patrick Parker's hustle, spirit and determination are shining beacons of hope and determination for current and future Queens College student-athletes. Parker passed away in 2016 after a car accident, but his legacy lives on through the creation of the Patrick Parker Award, an honor bestowed upon student-athletes who are "driven, goal-oriented, dedicated to their fellow student and sport, supportive, loyal, humble and selfless."
In this video, you will hear from Patrick's mother, Juliet Jones, as well as Patrick Parker Award recipients Elisabeth Gully and Sharvill Nawghre and current Queens College men's basketball coach Matt Collier on the legacy of Patrick's words and his life. Patrick Parker is still an integral part of the Queens College student-athlete experience and he will certainly never be forgotten.