Greg Brittenham, formerly with the New York Knicks, leads basketball camp for kids with epilepsy for the 5th year.

Epilepsy affects 1 in 26 people and its symptoms vary tremendously. Some kids have very subtle seizures while others are much more debilitating and can affect their ability to attend a camp or other event. Recognizing this problem, Pat Gibson, Director of the Epilepsy Information Service at Wake Forest Baptist Health, joined with the Epilepsy Alliance NC to develop a camp 5 years ago specially targeted for kids with seizures, and other disabilities. She had the good fortune of meeting Greg Brittenham and his wife, Luann, who have worked with children in Alaska for years when he was with the New York Knicks. They have since retired there. She convinced him to help develop a camp of kids with epilepsy. Ms. Gibson’s goal is to have similar camps available across the state in all the larger
population areas.

The camp is called, “I Did. You Can!” because  of the spirit of the children, and is aimed at developing  self-esteem, fundamental movement patterns, balance, body control, spatial awareness, eye-hand and eye-foot coordination, socialization, confidence and, of course, basketball skills, all within a safe, fun and supportive environment. “It has been surprising,” Pat said, “to see the progress the children make in just one week. I would love to find the funding to have this training offered all summer.”

The free camp is for kids 8 to 18 years old who have been diagnosed with epilepsy. Camp will be held at the Fitness Center Kernersville located on Old Winston Road, July 8-12 from 9-11am. For more information or to register call 800.642.0500.

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