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Bates-Diop holds first basketball camp to raise money for AED’s in schools

NBA player Keita Bates-Diop returned to his hometown today. To help spread awareness about the need for AED’s in the twin cities. Bates-Diop says the defibrillators are key in saving lives which is why he teamed up with the Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation for his first ever 2-day basketball camp.

Open to all area elementary school students, the camp gave kids a chance to hoop it up and have a q&a with the former Big Ten Conference Player of the Year.

The fundraiser hits close to home for Bates-Diop whose brother Kai was once saved by an AED after collapsing during basketball practice at Normal’s University High School. Kai suffers from a heart condition that was unknown to him at the time.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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