With the new year rolling, LibertyFlames.com continues its player spotlight series with this week's focus on Summer Parker.
Parker is a sophomore forward from Suffolk, Va. Parker has competed in 20 contests throughout her first two seasons, notching one goal each year.
Who introduced you to field hockey? Parker: I wouldn't say a particular person introduced me to field hockey. My parents just put me in a summer league when I was about seven years old and the head coach encouraged me to keep going.
Tell me about your family. What do your parents, or guardians, do? How many brothers or sisters do you have and what do they do? Parker: I am the oldest of three kids raised by both my mother and father. My mom is a hairdresser and my father works in a chemical plant. I have two younger brothers, one in 11th grade and one in 5th. The oldest one runs cross country and swims for his high school. My youngest brother has played baseball since he was a toddler and is just now learning to play basketball.
If you weren't playing field hockey which sport would you enjoy playing? Parker: If I weren't playing field hockey I'd probably be playing softball. I played both travel softball and field hockey when I was younger and when I got into high school and was asked to choose between the two, I chose field hockey. I didn't quit softball all together, I still continued playing for five years through my high school.
Tell us your recruiting story on how you got to Liberty. Parker: Well I originally committed to play field hockey at Radford my junior year of high school and was committed there for a year. It wasn't until the day before I was supposed to sign there that they called me and told me that the field hockey program and Radford University was discontinued. I was devastated. I tried my best to move forward and a few weeks later Jodi Murphy contacted me who I had previously been interested in before I ever committed to Radford. So, at the very end of my senior year I had finally signed to Liberty and could not be happier.
If you could get away from field hockey for a little bit, what would you enjoy doing? Parker: Aside from field hockey, I really enjoy art and drawing. I also very much enjoy sleeping so if I ever get any free time during the school year I'll definitely take a nap.
What are you studying, and what do you enjoy about that? Parker: I am studying studio arts which will lead me to one day becoming an art teacher. I really enjoy art because most of the time it's a good break for me from other things. I also love to see myself grow in my artwork and looking back on my previous work to see how far I've come.
What was your favorite memory that you took away from this season? Parker: My favorite memory of this season was when we played at ODU because most of my friends and family came to that game to watch. Norfolk is very close to where I live and it was a good game for all of them to see.
What are you looking forward to most in this new year? Parker: This new year I'm looking forward to becoming a better person, hockey player, and also competing in the Big East Conference.
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