In honor of the passing of teammate and friend Katie Johanni in November of 2015, the women’s and men’s water polo club teams at The Ohio State University have decided to co-host a two-day charity water polo tournament. Seeing how successful our first one was, on September 17-18th, 2016, we will be co-hosting our second annual Katie Johanni tournament. Katie fought and struggled with epilepsy her whole life, so it is natural we have selected to donate all proceeds to the SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death of Epileptic Persons) Institute of the Epilepsy Foundation. With a two pool set up, the men’s team and the women’s team will invite gender specific teams, creating two separate brackets. Having two brackets will help tremendously by allowing the teams to utilize space, invite as many teams as possible, and make the tournament more fair and competitive than a co-ed tournament would be. The parents of the athletes will donate food for the hospitality room as well as work the admissions tables. We will be selling raffle tickets for Ohio State, spa, and date night themed baskets. Our goal is to raise at least $5,000 to donate to the SUDEP institute this year. This tournament is the perfect way to honor Katie due to the fact that we are raising money to donate to further research a disease that claimed her, while at the same time playing a sport that she loved and was very passionate about.
Please support this cause by making a safe and secure donation to our fundraising webpage. Giving to the Epilepsy Foundation means you make the world a better, easier, more manageable place for the 3 million people in the U.S. who are living with epilepsy and seizures.
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