While I do not have epilepsy, when Anthony, asked me to help raise funds and awareness for the cause as a part of Hoopfest, I couldn’t say no. Anthony and I have known each other for over 20 years. We both grew up in Spokane and played basketball at Joel E. Ferris High School. He now lives in Chicago with his family. Several weeks back he called me to tell me the story about his 13 year old stepson, Justin who has epilepsy and yet is STILL an avid basketball player. Justin plays for both his Junior High School and a highly competitive travel basketball team. Justin’s seizures started when he was a toddler. Although his seizures were few and far apart, he was eventually put on medication to control their frequency and length. Knock on wood, Justin has been seizure free for the past 2 years. My teammates DJ, Jimmy, JD and I are all excite to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation, in honor of Justin nearly 3 million people in the United States who have epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation’s Athletes vs. Epilepsy initiative is proud to serve as a charity partner of the 2015 Spokane Hoopfest 3 on 3 basketball tournament. Athletes vs. Epilepsy is a nationwide program for athletes of all ages and levels, coaches, volunteers and fans. The goal is to raise awareness, build participation, and help fund the Epilepsy Foundation’s mission to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure, and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy, and research to accelerate ideas into therapies. The initiative helps to bring epilepsy awareness to all sports through participation by athletes of all ages and skill levels as well as their supportive friends, family, and fans. The Epilepsy Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that people with epilepsy can experience all that life has to offer. Athletes vs. Epilepsy, a nationwide program for athletes, coaches, volunteers, and fans, affirms this positive message and embodies it through action and the belief that anyone, regardless of athletic talent, can help to fundraise and raise awareness. YOU can make a difference in your life and in the lives of others. Donate to the cause through our team fundraising page or join the Athletes vs. Epilepsy initiative. Visit http://epilepsy.com/athletesvsepilepsy for more opportunities to get involved. If you are at Hoopfest, look for us and cheer us on, we will be wearing AvE gear during the tournament.