Local Cool Kid: JaMarques Parker

A teen plays to his strengths despite his disability

MEMPHIS, Tenn.(localmemphis.com) - At 5'10, 245 pounds, JaMarques Parker is a big boy and a formidable foe on the field, even though he can't do push-ups and can't bench. 
 
An injury during birth is the reason why.    
Erbs palsy left the nerves in his right arm twisted around and backwards. JaMarques doesn't have full-mobility. 
That's not stopping the well-rounded Middle College High School athlete and honors student.
In fact, the junior, says he has played football, basketball and soccer since he was three-years-old. 
Despite his disability he plays to his strengths.
 
"In the sports field, most people are right handed. I have an advantage,because they don't realize that I'm actually left handed," said Parker. "So it's actually a surprise to them..." 
 
Nerves got the best of mom, in the beginning.
 
"Watching him play sports,he'd get hit, he'd say stop worrying. I got this," said Stephanie Williams, JaMarques' Mother. "I just had to let him be a boy." 
 
Since then, she's come around along with others, too. 
 
"I had a support system that always taught me never let anything stop me," said Parker. "I put that in my head and I stuck with it." 

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