George Mason University
B.A. Film and Video Studies – Spring 2024
Parker started his athletics career in swimming at the age of four, later joining a swim team when he was nine, competing for three seasons. He followed that by beginning Tae Kwon Do at six, going on to earn three black belts in Tae Kwon Do. Once in high school, he began football, playing as a linebacker. As Parker was preparing to start his sophomore year, he was in a diving accident at Ocean City Beach in Maryland. The accident resulted in a C4/C5 incomplete spinal cord injury. Four months of rehab therapy followed, and he returned home for Christmas. Intense physical therapy allowed him to regain the ability to walk with assistive devices, including a walk across the stage to receive his high school diploma. Since Parker’s accident he was able to transition to adapted sports including handcycling and wheelchair rugby. He started out as an engineering major but changed his major to his real passion, film studies.