HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- Most student-athletes dream of creating it to the following degree of their sport, whether or not it’s the faculty degree or skilled, to attempt for progress is the last word aim.
Brett Parker, the most recent Alabama A & M baseball pitcher could seem like a beast on the mound, however the 6’5, 235 lb right-handed pitcher didn’t have the best of begins.
At only a month previous Brett was identified with bacterial meningitis and was within the hospital for a month. For his mother and father, Nicole and Nathan, they have been instructed issues no mother and father need to hear, “They instructed us that he in all probability wouldn’t be capable to stroll usually a lot much less run or play any bodily sports activities,” Nicole instructed Information 19.
Docs predicted that his coordination can be severely impacted due to continued seizures and mind swelling. His mom mentioned the highway wasn’t straightforward, “There have been days the place Brett needed to surrender, the place we needed to surrender.”
After numerous hours of occupational remedy, on the age of 4, Brett picked up a baseball and fell in love.
Sports activities shortly took over the necessity for occupational remedy. He performed every thing from soccer to basketball to baseball. By 9, he began pitching and by no means stopped.
“He’s at all times been a tough employee, quiet, very humble, doesn’t say a complete lot, however at all times working onerous. He will get there early, he’s often the final one to depart and places within the effort. It’s not been straightforward for him, he had a variety of issues to beat early,” Nicole mentioned.
His perseverance on the mound resulted in lots of accomplishments for the younger ball participant.
As a freshman for the Elkmont Purple Devils, he appeared within the group’s first look within the AHSAA Elite Eight because the quantity two pitcher. A 100 strikeout season his junior 12 months, which was the identical 12 months he was acknowledged by Limestone County as Co-Pitcher of the 12 months.
By his senior 12 months, he was getting not solely discover but additionally gaining curiosity from many colleges. As luck would have it, the COVID-19 pandemic stopped all sports activities and put his baseball desires at a stand nonetheless.
With prolonged eligibility for present school gamers, possibilities of Brett enjoying have been slim.
He wasn’t going to let that cease him. He continued coaching and getting higher at his craft and in November 2020 he discovered Coach Louis Whitlow, Proprietor and Coach on the Compound in Madison. Brett went in with a aim and Coach Lou was going to make it occur.
“I do know from day one once you got here in you bought a aim in thoughts, you needed to play school ball and I mentioned we’d do every thing we might to get you there,” Coach Lou knew he was taking a look at a star, “However you’re nonetheless going to wish to proceed to work onerous, the work doesn’t cease right here.”
An AAMU Alumni, Coach Lou attain out to his contacts to allow them to know of the expertise he had on his arms, “If it wasn’t for Coach Lou believing in him, other than his instant household, this is able to have been harder,” Nicole mentioned.
“To see Brett go to A&M positively means loads to me. Extra so it means loads for me as a result of he’s progressing his profession to the following degree, he’s progressing himself as a younger man,” Coach Lou mentioned.
In an intimate gathering at The Compound, simply how Brett would like, in entrance of his household and people on the compound, he signed with AAMU as a pitcher.
Puzzled and nonetheless, in disbelief Brett mentioned to Coach Lou, “Thanks for working with me, getting me to the place I knew I could possibly be, I knew it was a protracted highway a protracted journey,” then he jokingly checked out his mother and father and mentioned, “Thanks for placing up with me half the time, I simply, can’t consider it.”
“Not many individuals knew what it was like behind the scenes to get right here,” Nicole mentioned, “Now he’s getting rewarded for it.”
The Parkers and everybody who has adopted Brett’s journey is happy to see him again on the mound this baseball season, “I can’t wait to have my household there with me, I’m glad I’m near dwelling,” as he hugged his grandma and sister, “I do know my grandma’s excited I’m right here.”
Brett mentioned Coach Lou taught him to belief himself and consider in his functionality, to be assured in what he can do and he hopes his story will encourage others, “Simply by no means quit, irrespective of the highway or how onerous, consider in your self, be affected person and belief the method.”
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