The Sonny Parker Youth Foundation (SPYF) is a not-for-profit, community-based, organization located in Chicago, Illinois. The SPYF was founded in 1990 by, former NBA player of the Golden State Warriors, Sonny Parker. Sonny Parker, who is a native of Chicago, is giving something back to the community it serves with the support of others involved.
SPYF was born from the concerns of individual regarding the future of today's young people. SPYF provides year round, educational, recreational, and multi-cultural enrichment programs for inner-city youth grades K-12. These youths, who are challenged daily with environmental pressures (i.e., drug abuse, gang violence, family instability, economy deprivation and peer pressure) and who are often faced with a lack of sufficient inner resources, can develop feelings of helplessness and low self-esteem.