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Program Update


Although winter has brought cooler temps, the 3rd and 4th grade EPIC teams have been heating up the courts with their play! EPIC's two youngest teams started practice in November and have been working tremendously hard. The little guys dedication over the last few months has paid dividends in the form of impressive tournament performances. 4th grade started the season with a second place finish in an extremely competitive tournament, which included two 15+ point wins and 3rd grade followed up with a 3rd place finish in the 2nd tournament of the season  with a 2-1 record. 

3rd grade coach,
Sean West, and 4th grade coaches, Damion Abrams and Lucas Miller have used this season to implement the new EPIC system. This system includes a
priority on skill training in practice. Also, a new offense which focuses on developing players' basketball IQ. This system that has already proven effective in a short amount of time for the young teams, will be applied to the entire roster of EPIC teams in the spring.

Continuing with the skills theme, EPIC hosted its 3rd Turkey Day Camp in November, which helped 30 campers to work on each part of their game. Campers participated in
drills that covered defensive footwork, solid ball handling, and structured shooting form during the 3 hour skills clinic. For those that missed it, EPIC will hold the Presidents' Day Camp in February.

Presidents' Day Camp will be a great warm up for what is sure to be an incredibly competitive spring tryout.
EPIC spring AAU tryouts will be held late February and early March!

Upcoming Dates

Presidents' Day Skill Camp: Monday, Feb 15th
 1st Annual EPIC Fundraiser: Friday, March 18th
  Spring AAU Tryouts 9U-14U: Feb 26th & Mar 4th
   Spring AAU Tryouts 15U-17U: Feb 28th & Mar 6th
EPIC Reception Fundraiser
The inaugural Fundraiser will be held on Friday, March 18th,  at The Haight in Elgin. In The Neighborhood Deli will provide passed hors D'ouerves and libations. Live music and basketball arcade games will provide much entertainment. 
This event will provide 25% of the budget. Proceeds from this event will contribute to college tour for high schoolers, financial assistance for low income players and the Robbie Fehlman college scholarship.
Please join us on March 18th and tell all your friends! The reception will be a great opportunity to learn about EPIC and support its mission. This event will also be a terrific time to network with professionals from a myriad of different industries. Don't miss this fun night out, which will be for a truly great cause!

Player Spotlight- Mark Clayton 

Mark Clayton is a junior at Schaumburg High School and played on the EPIC 16U team this past spring. Mark and his family moved to Illinois from Idaho after he graduated junior high. Mark's last year of junior high school brought more changes than just geography for the Clayton family.

As an 8th grader in Post Falls, ID, Mark was known as an extremely energetic kid that rarely slept. Mark loved basketball and as the school year came to a close, he found himself playing for three different teams. He got into a great groove on the court and had great success scoring the ball. Mark had multiple games for each team in which he scored 20+ points. With all the basketball that Mark played, his energy really started to decline. He also noticed that he had an unquenchable thirst and began falling asleep, immediately, upon arriving home from school.

Assuming exhaustion from too much basketball, Mark dialed back his activities, but the conditions continued to persist and worsened. The family decided that Mark had to go to the doctor, where they learned that he lost 30 pounds in just a few months. After many tests were run, the Claytons were informed that Mark's symptoms was a result of him having Type 1 diabetes.

After the initial shock wore off, the family found themselves confused and very emotional. Mark found himself asking questions like Why did this happen? Would he be able to play basketball again? Would the kids at school treat him differently?

With the help of his family, Mark learned to manage his diabetes with insulin injections. After two weeks, he went back to school, where the students welcomed him and showed great support. The Clayton family became very close, as they came together to help Mark through this difficult period. They put their trust in God during their frightening time in their lives. Mark put it best, as he stated in his  Mark Clayton: My Diabetes Story, "God put this in my life for a reason and He is always helping me to deal with my feelings. He saved me from going into a diabetic coma and I know He has a purpose in my life. I may not understand things all the time, but I know He has a plan for all this and I have decided I am never giving up"! 

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