ALL proceeds from The Big Doug Classic will go to support a scholarship to be awarded to a Howard County student showing commitment to community involvement, academics, and sportsmanship.



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"Big Doug" Parker was a great man, a great husband and father, and a great friend. He was a wonderful role model to many Howard County residents. Those who knew him loved him well. Those who didn't may want to know more.

Big Doug was a lifelong Howard County resident and very actively involved in the community.

Graduating from Howard High School in 1977, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from University of Maryland in 1982 and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University in 1985. He worked for Westinghouse and Coopers & Lybrand before endeavoring into his first entrepreneurial venture with Princeton Associates where he was one of the partners and a management consultant.

Doug married Carol "Jean" (his little Bean) Soscia in 1986 and over the next 9 years they brought Doug Jr., Lauriann, Alyssa and Charlie into the world. In 1994, he became a "stay-at-home" Dad for the children he adored. His world revolved around his family and the children's sports & recreational activities. He bought a 15 passenger van, emblazoned the license plate with "Kid Taxi", filled coolers with drinks and snacks and transported his own kids and their friends to their myriad games and activities. As Doug said "he always had seats" to give your child a ride. He didn't just drive them places, he got very involved that was the father & man he was.

As his children grew, Doug coached roughly 20 of their sports teams, ranging from basketball to soccer to lacrosse, in addition to co-founding Howard Stampede, a Howard County field hockey club and league, with Jean. Doug & Jean also started the Glenelg Titans basketball team - a feeder team for Glenelg HS girls' basketball and he was also very involved with the Maryland Waves - a Girls AAU Basketball team in the area. Doug didn't just sit on the sidelines - he managed, organized, coached, assistant coached - he helped wherever and whenever he could.

He kept an eye out for all the kids - and made them all welcome in his home or 'Kid Taxi' no matter what the time. Being the laid back man he was, no one ever felt uncomfortable around Big Doug - he was a teddy bear of a man, both in personality and in size (6'4", 285 lbs., 15EEEE shoe!)

"Big Doug" also found time to do the laundry, grocery shopping, cooking and making daily lunches for all. But being the entrepreneur that he was, it still wasn't enough! In 2002, as a direct result of the sniper attacks in the Washington/Maryland area, he created eSchool Systems. Always the concerned father, when he saw the increased police presence at his children's' schools and realized that many worried parents couldn't get through to the school, he asked permission of the principal at Lisbon Elementary to create a 'quick e-mail system' to allow communication from the school to the parents. This was the beginning of eSchoolnewsletter, the largest and fastest growing email communications tool in the area. It grew quickly to encompass all of Howard County schools and many other counties in Maryland.

"Big Doug" as he was affectionately known, was a man with a big heart. Always one to see the best in everybody and to want to help others, Doug's friends and family would like to continue his legacy. This is why the "Doug Parker Scholarship" has been created. This scholarship has been introduced to award a scholarship(s) to a Howard County student(s) showing commitment to community involvement, academics, and sportsmanship.

...and the Big Doug story goes on.






If You Would Like To Make A Contribution, Please Make Checks To:
Big Doug Scholarship Fund
Community Foundation of Howard County
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, #315
Columbia, MD 21044