WACO, Texas – Aggie basketball legend and All-American guard, Sonny Parker was among the nine new members of the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame announced by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
During his time competing for the Maroon & White, Parker led the team to back-to-back SWC Championships and earned numerous accolades including All-SWC and SWC Player of the Year in both 1975 and 1976.
A first round draft pick for the Golden State Warriors, Parker played six years in the NBA and later, established the Sonny Parker Youth Foundation in Chicago to help inner-city youth. He was also inducted into the Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000.
The 2017 class will honor Parker, former Arkansas College Football All-American, Dick Bumpas, All-SWC Baylor basketball player, Maggie Davis-Stinnett, three-time National Title winner from the University of Houston golfer, Steve Elkington, four-time SWC hurdle champion from Rice, Bobby May, SMU tennis standout, Jennifer Santrock, University of Texas five-time tennis All American, Beverly Bowes-Hackney, former TCU star sprinter, Horatio Porter and three-time All-SWC basketball player from Texas Tech, Jason Sasser.
"In 2017 we have yet another outstanding group of student-athletes who exemplify what made the Southwest Conference so great; these elite athletes represented their schools with distinction," said Cooper Jones, the President & CEO of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. "The Southwest Conference Hall of Fame exists to honor a proud tradition of excellence in sports in the Southwest."
Sponsored by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Southwest Conference (SWC) Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at an 11 a.m. luncheon on Monday, October 2, 2017, in Fort Worth at the Brown-Lupton University Union on the TCU Campus.
"The class of 2017 is legendary," Jones said. "It is legendary because of the character and accomplishments of these talented student-athletes."
The Southwest Conference Hall of Fame is one of four separate halls of fame housed within the Texas Sports Hall of Fame's physical structure. They include the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and now, the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.
ABOUT THE TEXAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME
The Texas Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Waco, Texas, chronicles the heroes and legends of Lone Star State sports at all levels, including high school standouts, Olympians and professionals. Established in 1993, the organization's mission is to preserve the legacies of all inductees and the history of sports in Texas to educate and inspire guess of all ages. Home to over 300 Texas Legends, the museum the Texas Tennis Museum and Hall of Fame and Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. For more information, please visit http://www.tshof.org/.
For more information about the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame or the Texas Sports Hall of Fame please visit www.tshof.org.
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