Southampton High graduate appointed to Va. Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors

Published 9:53 am Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A 1980 graduate of Southampton High School, Tom Parker was named last month to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

“I am honored to be a part of an organization that recognizes the exceptional athletic achievements of our fellow Virginians and gives so much support to the educational programs in the Commonwealth,” Parker said. “I will do my best to add value to what it stands for.”

A member of the 1978 and 1979 state championship football teams, Parker’s play at quarterback earned him spot in the Virginia High School League All-Star Game following his senior campaign. Upon graduation, Parker singed a full scholarship to play football at James Madison University.

Currently the vice president and general manager of Blue Ridge Beverage Company in Waynesboro, Parker will serve a two-year term on the hall of fame’s board of directors. His term began on July 1 and expires June 30, 2017.

The mission of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is to celebrate athletic excellence in the Commonwealth. Headquartered in Portsmouth, the museum serves as an educational resource centered around math, science, health and character development and inspires visitors through sports history and interactive entertainment.

The job of the board of directors is to review the nominees most deserving of being considered for the hall of fame and museum. The board is also responsible for the allocation of significant dollar contributions and programming to several educational institutions designed to enrich the lives of boys and girls across the state.