by Eden Laikin
County Executive Ed Mangano proclaimed today “Tim Parker Day” in Nassau, as he recognized the athletic accomplishments of a Hicksville High School Graduate who was picked in the first round of the Major League Soccer Super Draft.
Tim Parker was actually the first St. John’s player ever to be picked in the first round of the Draft, and is the highest selection of the St John’s Red Storm since 2004.
Joining County Executive Mangano and Parker at the ceremony today, were Tim’s mother and father, a Nassau County Police Officer, various other friends and family members and by County Legislator Rose Walker who represents Hicksville.
As they gathered in the Ceremonial Chambers of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, County Executive Mangano presented Tim with a citation to recognize him as the 13th overall draft pick by the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Tim earned first team Big East honors in each of his four seasons at St. John’s and helped give the Johnnies an opportunity to play in three straight NCAA Tournaments from 2011 to 2013. He also helped lead the team to a Big East Tournament Championship in 2011.
County Executive Mangano said that “Sports professionals consider Tim to be one of the best soccer players in North America today and the Whitecaps will certainly benefit from his youth, athleticism and leadership skills.”
“We’ll all be watching you Tim, when the Whitecaps open up their season on March 7th,” Mangano added. “Congratulations!”
When asked to say a few words, Parker said he was “honored” by the recognition of his “lifelong dream” and he “could never have imagined a piece of paper that said Tim Parker Day on it.”