December 5, 2022
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Concordia Lutheran High School will celebrate the dedication of its new gym floor, the Eugene Parker Court, on Friday, December 9.
The dedication will occur between the Varsity Girls and Boys games on Friday night (roughly around 7:15 p.m.). The Parker family will be in attendance.
The Eugene Parker Court is named in remembrance of Eugene Parker, a 1974 Concordia graduate. He was a standout basketball player at Concordia and then later at Purdue University. He continued to carry his faith and servant heart into his business and life. He founded a sports agency where he served professional clients in athletics and entertainment, including Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, and Rod Woodson. He was also inducted into the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 during its inaugural year and is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Parker passed away in 2016 following a battle with kidney cancer.
“Playing with Eugene was just amazing. All of the teammates loved him,” said Greg Rehberg, Concordia Director of Alumni and Donor Relations and a teammate of Parker’s at Concordia. “What Eugene did was he made you better. In other words, he would always challenge you — dribble better, shoot better, pass the ball better. But he was also a very good friend, and he would always take care of you. To have the court named in his honor means a lot to us.”
The original 1963 gym floor was replaced this past summer. This $1 million gym renovation effort will also bring about new bleachers, new lights, sound system, scoreboards, and funding for a special endowment to provide annual maintenance to sustain the facility for generations to come. The new sound system is being installed this week thanks to donations from friends of Concordia. The bleachers will be replaced this summer.
If you are interested in supporting the gym project, especially the bleachers, the next phase of our project, please contact Greg Rehberg or Matt Konow, Chief Advancement Officer, at (260) 483-1102 or [email protected] or [email protected].
To learn more about the project and to view pictures of the progress, please visit www.clhscadets.com/parker-campaign/.
Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at www.clhscadets.com.