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.