SAVANNAH, GA, 3/4/20 – Sam Parker, a junior at The Habersham School, has committed to swim for the University of Georgia.

“I’ve been a Georgia fan my whole life, and it has been a dream to go to The University of Georgia and even be a student-athlete. I’m excited for that dream to become a reality,” said Parker. “The coaches and swimmers made Athens feel like home, and I’m excited to make it my home for four years.”

“As Athletic Director and someone who has had the privilege to watch Sam compete in person, I couldn’t be more proud of who Sam is as a swimmer, student, and follower of Christ, and it brings my heart so much joy to see someone with his talent, immense work ethic, and high character succeed at such a high level and earn this amazing opportunity at the University of Georgia,” said Habersham Athletic Director Chase McGarity.

Parker has been swimming since he was five-years-old, following in the footsteps of his older brother. Prior to the Covid-19 shutdown, Parker practiced nine times a week, in the wee hours up to 20 hours per week. Since the shutdown, Parker has regular open water swims in the Wilmington River. As a scholar-athlete, Parker had many college options and is glad to see his work in and out of the pool pay off.

“I have no doubt in my mind the hours I have put into the sport of swimming have been worth it,” said Parker. “They have helped me build character and have helped mold me into the man I am today. And The Habersham School has allowed me to grow inside and outside of the classroom, enabling me to become a better student and member of my community.”

For Habersham, this is another step in the development of the high school and in increasing extraordinary athletic, academic, and arts opportunities for students. 

The Habersham School is a place where invention meets tradition. Habersham is committed to honoring Christ in establishing an education grounded in the orthodox Christian faith and the classical tradition that equips students to skillfully engage society with wisdom and charity and thoughtfully pursue moral beauty and eternal purpose in the modern world.

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