First-year Bull Jabari Parker is thankful he's in position to give back to his hometown

Nov 20, 2018 | by K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune

Continuing a tradition they started in Milwaukee and held during each of his four seasons there, Jabari Parker and his family handed out Thanksgiving dinners Tuesday afternoon.

This time, it was at home.

“It’s just a deed that matters, regardless of where I am,” Parker said, standing inside a gym he where played often during his youth. “The fact I’m able to provide and give back is something that’s fulfilling. Just seeing people’s smiles, I’d pay any amount of money to get that fulfillment.”

With help from the Salvation Army and contributions from local companies, the Jabari Parker Family Foundation provided dinners to 500 families in need. Both of Parker’s parents, Sonny Parker and Folola Finau-Parker, attended the event, held at the Salvation Army Temple Corps Community Center just blocks from the United Center.

“Giving back is deep-rooted in my family,” Jabari Parker said. “It’s part of who I am.”

Sonny, who played in the NBA for six seasons, has a longstanding reputation of community service in his

hometown. He used to hold basketball camps and AAU games at the gym that hosted Tuesday’s event.

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