Since relocating to Michigan, three-sport athlete and native of Mississippi, Jarred Parker has found more than just one place he calls home here in the city of Detroit. Jarred, along with his family, have dedicated themselves to one of the most integrated and rewarding development ventures here at Detroit PAL Athletics.
“My favorite part about PAL is that you can play sports at any time of the year.”
Jarred currently stays in the city of Hamtramck, on Detroit’s northeast side. Attending Schofield Elementary School, through our programs, he competes in football, baseball and basketball. His Father, James Parker, has been a valuable addition to the Detroit PAL team, assuming the roles of Head Coach of the Motor City All-Stars Baseball and Basketball teams.
The second grader’s commitment to both athletic and personal growth can be linked back to his family members, and role models. Balancing academics and athletics is essential in piecing together life’s puzzle of personal responsibility – and the youngster was the first to admit it. Jarred told us, “We call it Writing Workshop, but my favorite class is Word Study.”
In the midst of his first year as a PAL Athlete, Jarred’s progression has been staggering. While playing two sports for the Motor City All-Stars, he also competes as a member of the Detroit PAL Tiny Tigers Baseball Program – giving beginners the opportunity to explore America’s game, starting with the fundamentals. Relocation is never easy; thanks to Detroit PAL, Jarred’s bravery and drive to continue progressing through life is a gleaming example of certified mentorship and character building activity through sport.
“PAL lets you play any sport, you can play soccer, you can run track, you get to try anything you want.”
- Jarred Parker
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We are saddened to report that Jarred lost his life in February 2015. We are confident that Jarred’s passion for sports and Detroit PAL will live on throughout the organization for many years to come.