Sacrifice and hard work for Parker to graduate

“I feel so great that I’ve graduated,” reflects Bernard Parker following his graduation in Sports Management. “I am so proud of myself and motivated to do more. I look forward to studying further.”

Parker, one of the senior members in the team, graduated with a diploma in Sports Management from Boston College. “it is a year course and it taught us skills and concepts related to management, finance, marketing and law related to the sports industry.

“Education is key,” comments Parker corroborating the late icon Nelson Mandela’ famous quote, ’education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’.

“It is important to gain knowledge,” adds Parker. “It makes it interesting and mind blowing to link knowledge with what you do in practice on the pitch. Key to all is a never give up spirit.”

Parker, a father of two boys often helps them often with studies. “I help my children with homework every day,” says Parker. “Working with them to do their school work gives me the click and triggers my mind. Studying is part of my lifestyle and it has formed a part of my balanced lifestyle.”

It takes lots of effort and sacrifice for a professional footballer whose schedule includes traveling, “I had to sleep early and wake up very early to study,” Parker comments, “My clock was adjusted to sleeping mode at 19:00 and waking up at 3am.”

On what’s next for ‘Die Hond’ as he is affectionately known, he concludes: “I have already registered for a Higher Certificate in Sports Marketing to study next year. I want to share my football experiences with the youngsters in the team. Most of all I want to continue enjoying football,”

Congratulations Bernard. Keep leading by example on and off the field!