Tony Parker can almost taste his mom’s famous Thanksgiving dressing.
To hear him tell it, the way the cornbread blends with the mushrooms and the celery is truly a thing of art.
“It’s so good,” said Parker, a senior forward at Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.). “It’s my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. It’d be hard to find something better than that.”
He did manage to come up with one thing.
Parker was even more thrilled last weekend when he and his teammates camped out in front of the local Wal-Mart and a local restaurant to gather food and monetary donations for the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless Food Drive, which feeds less fortunate families for Thanksgiving and other major holidays.
“It was so much fun and so fulfilling,” said Parker, whose Wolverines check in at No. 2 in the POWERADE Fab 50. “Just to get a chance to give back and to bond as a team, it was special. I want to do more things like this all year.”
Parker approached his coach Sharman White before the season about the team helping out more in the community, which didn’t surprise White at all.
“He was really adamant about us doing more to help other people out,” White said. “That’s one of the best parts about this team; they have good foundations at home. I could really tell that collecting those donations made an impact.”
The team collected hundreds of canned goods and "a good bit of money" in the fours they spent helping out. Parker said it was just a matter of evening up the score.
“This community has supported this team so much over the last few years,” said Parker, who has led Miller Grove to three-straight state titles. “It’s just a way for us to give back to them for all they’ve done for us. We loved every minute of it.”