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2017 January Newsletter
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Program Update

Program Update- Training, training, training! For EPIC, the winter months were filled with players, in the gym, working to get better. This year, “training camp” was introduced for high school players. They met each Sunday and went through a series of game moves and shots to prepare for their high school tryouts. The workouts were open to any and all high school players. Multiple workouts were conducted by elite trainer, Zac Boster.

Nearly 20 elementary and middle school students also signed up for small group training. With two workouts per week and tons of much personal attention from the EPIC trainers.

The EPIC winter travel season is now in full effect with teams hosting players from 4th -7th grade. Practices have been intense, as Coach Damion and Coach Lucas have seen a host of talented players join the returning core group. After a month and a half of focusing on fundamentals, the EPIC teams are ready to strut their stuff at a very competitive Evanston tournament.

 



EPIC Elite Division
 
In the Spring of 2017, EPIC will be launching the "EPIC Elite" division of teams. EPIC Elite will be the “national” teams for 8th grade- 11th grade teams.

5th-7th grade teams will get elite status, based on coaching staff's evaluation. Those team will play in upper echelon tournaments in midwest and compete for AAU nationals.
 
The Elite high school teams will travel the country to play in exposure tournaments, with an ultimate goal of securing a college scholarship. EPIC Elite will be the premier team for Northwest suburban players!
 


Upcoming Events


Spring Tryouts: Feb 24-Mar 3

1st EPIC Sunday: Mar 12

Service Night (FMSC): April 19

Kickoff Day: April 8

1st Tourney: April 15-16

Family Night/Raffle: May 12


 
EPIC Spotlight- Varsity players
The EPIC basketball philosophy of developing smarter, more skilled players is paying off. In addition to all of our juniors and seniors making a big impact on their teams, 9 out of 10 of our sophomore national team are contributors for their varsity teams. Paced by Streamwood 6’6” forward, Keenon Cole, and 6 foot guard Pierre Black, this group is making quite a splash in the Fox Valley area.

Keenon is leading the Streamwood Sabres in scoring, as the program finally looks to be turning the corner and returning to relevance in the Upstate 8. Keenon has caught the eye of multiple talent scouts and is currently quickly becoming a top prospect in the state.

Pierre is a gym rat, whom has developed into an elite 3 point shooter. Pierre showcases his hardwork with his commitment to improvement. He gets up early to get a shooting workout in each day at 5am, before school. It has paid off with nearly 40 made 3's and averaging nearly 10 ppg for Larkin, playing next to EPIC 2017 Kashmir Ivy. He’s no slouch in the classroom either, as he’s primarily in honors classes and on the honor roll!

Griffin Hansen has made a big impact with Genoa-Kingston, as their 6th man. He handles the ball and is the 4th scorer on the team, behind the 3 seniors (who just so happen to be EPIC alums), Bailey Foley, Justin McNeal and Zach Miller.

Tommy Surges has also made a significant impact for Marmion Academy. Tommy is a bundle of energy and has looks to already be emerging as the Cadets most talented player, with 6’8” big man, Mick Sullivan. Latrell Hudson, Michael Hodges, Tyler Nubin, Damarion ButlerDe’Angelo Flynn and Alex Timmerman round out the group’s Varsity players.

Junior forward, Erik Larson, is a newcomer to St. Charles North’s varsity team, but has quickly shown his touch from deep, as he leads the team in 3 pointers and points. Erik is poised to have a terrific spring on the EPIC national 17U team!
EPIC believes strongly in the power of serving others. This winter, EPIC was blessed with a donation from two of our players who participate in a family service project each year.  Nathan (10th grade) and Colin (7th grade) Nesler, have a family tradition of donating a portion of their earnings from their family’s pumpkin farm. 
Each year Nathan (2019) and Colinboys, along with their cousins, host a pumpkin farm in Genoa. In 2004, the boys grandfather had an idea to teach his grandkids responsibility and also how to make money at the same time. He has land on his farm which he rented to them to grow and sell the pumpkins.

Colin and Nate decided to donate their portion of the earnings from this year to EPIC.  At such a young age, they both realized that there are players in EPIC who need financial support to be a part of the program and they wanted to help make that possible.  EPIC is very grateful for the Nesler family and their donation. 
Family Meeting
 
2016 was a great year for EPIC, as God has provided for many blessings! The year also came with some hardships as well, as we lost a good friend, Jasmine Willett. Jasmine was just 26 years old, but had accomplished so much in her life and had become a true asset for the EPIC leadership team.

Soon after laying Jasmine to rest, we learned that 2022 mother, Laurie Fiumefreddo and 2020 mother, Kristian Webb, are suffering with heart-wrenching conditions. Laurie has been battling breast cancer for 11 long years. Laurie’s doctors, in Chicago, have run out of traditional options. She is now traveling to Boston, each month, to partake in an experimental treatment. She fights quietly, not looking for sympathy, but always keeping her faith in God!

Kristian’s story is very different, but just as courageous. Just a few months ago, her family and friends started noticing some personality and balance changes. After misdiagnosis of depression, a follow up visit to the hospital revealed that Kristian had several brain tumors. She has had many ups and downs in the last few months, but is showing signs of improvement, now off of support, starting speech and physical therapy.

Jasmine, Laurie and Kristian are strength personified. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers! If you feel so led, there are online accounts to support the Fiumefreddo and Webb families, which are attached below.
NY2LA Exposure camp
NY2LA has quickly become a premier basketball events organization. Hosting an elite spring and summer circuit, NY2LA gives non-sponsored teams a chance to play in exposure tournaments with a chance to get recruited on a big level. This fall, the group put on a camp with many of the top players in the country, including Wisconsin commit, Tyler Herro, and the #1 nationally ranked player in the class of 2019, Tyger Campbell. EPIC had a very strong turnout from the freshman and sophomore classes. 2020 Jon Lindquist and 2019 Keenon Cole, impressed many and made the, respective, all-star games for their class. Both young men will, certainly, be players to watch on the spring/summer EPIC elite teams!

 
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