"I love this game but there's a goal at the end. I'm not stopping until I achieve and whether you can believe you can or not... I believe it is still my duty to show you it's possible cause all we need is an opportunity."
-Patrick Parker ('14), former Queens College basketball player
"Anyone can quit, but it takes a strong, committed person not to quit when times are tough."
-Pat Summitt, late head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers.
FLUSHING, NY – Much more than basketball will be on the minds of our student-athletes, coaches and many members of the crowd in attendance when the Queens College men and women's basketball teams welcome the NYIT Bears to Fitzgerald Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon for a pair of East Coast Conference games.
Reverence and admiration for the lives and lasting legacies of Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Pat Summitt and former Queens College men's basketball player Patrick Parker ('14) will be shared by all during the Knights' "Play 4 Pat" doubleheader. Summit for all she did to advance the sport of women's basketball during her career as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers and the iconic symbol she became in raising awareness for Alzheimer's Disease, and Parker, who despite passing away at the early age of 25 was still able to leave an unforgettable impression on the hearts of many in the Queens College community.
Summitt will be the primary focus of the afternoon's first game beginning at 1:30 p.m. when the Queens College women's basketball team will try to stretch their current seven-game win streak to eight in their matchup with the seventh-seeded Bears. The Knights will use the occasion to generate awareness for Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia that afflicted Summitt during her final years and continues to encumber the daily lives and memories of over 380,000 New Yorkers. The CARE NYC Sunnyside Community Service Group will also be on hand to discuss their outreach programs that deal with Alzheimer's and other dementia-related illnesses, and how they provide support to current caregivers.
Attention will then shift to Parker during a special on-court ceremony before the men tip-off at 3:30 p.m. Parker had a hand in everything during his two playing seasons at Queens College. He earned All-ECC and All-Met honors for his performance on the team, and off the court he was also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a Student-Athlete Mentor, helping younger student-athletes adjust to the increased demands of collegiate athletics. He received the Silver Knight award during his senior year, which is the highest individual honor bestowed to a Queens College student-athlete and recognized his outstanding commitment to service, academic achievement, and athletic accomplishment.
Please join us in celebrating the lives of these two very special Pats and remembering all they meant to the communities and people they were able to touch. Action begins at 1:30 p.m. with the Knights' women, and continues with the 3:30 p.m. men's tilt. Sample burritos, chips, and guacamole will be available courtesy of Qdoba throughout the afternoon, and one lucky fan will have the opportunity to make a combination of shots for $5,000.