Former Loyola basketball player and assistant coach Tom Stanton talked to the Ramblers boys basketball team before Wednesday’s practice about the Danny Did Foundation and the importance of being an active and engaged citizen.
A 1994 graduate of Loyola, Stanton is the executive director of the organization. Danny Did was founded in 2010 following the death of his nephew, Danny Stanton, from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).
On Saturday at Loyola, the Ramblers play Detroit Jesuit in the eighth annual War on the Shore, an event that raises money and awareness for Danny Did.
“It’s the most intimate interaction we’ve ever had with the team,” Stanton said of Wednesday’s meeting. “We were in their space, and we had an opportunity to have a conversation about seizure safety and what it means to be an advocate for someone with epilepsy.”
In addition to Stanton, Danny Did board members Lynn Hanley and Jeanine McShea (pictured above) also spoke to the team. McShea is the board president. Hanley’s two sons — Willie and Teddy — both attend Loyola and play sports.
Loyola head coach Tom Livatino once employed Stanton as an assistant coach and helped start the War on the Shore in 2011. Livatino said he welcomed the opportunity for Danny Did representatives to educate his players on epilepsy.
“We want our guys to learn about all different subjects, so they can be good leaders off the court,” he said.
In December, the Ramblers advocated for Stage IV breast cancer research. This month, the program spent time appreciating the significance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message.