Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Tess Frelick on the court
The New Hope-Solebury Girls Varsity Basketball team is joining the Princeton Day School’s (PDS) Girls Basketball team to raise awareness about epilepsy during a game between the two teams on Saturday, February 5th at 7:00 PM in the New Hope-Solebury High School gym.

Motivated by her own diagnosis with epilepsy, Tess Frelick, a junior on the NH-S basketball team, and her friend from PDS, Molly Rubin, came up with the idea of the game. They believe that the event will let other children and adolescents with epilepsy know they are not alone and will also educate the public about the condition. Molly, a teammate of Tess’ on an AAU basketball team, also has friends and family affected by epilepsy.

Tess is not only a stand-out guard on the basketball team, but also is on the varsity tennis and soccer teams. She was diagnosed with epilepsy during her freshman year.
“She is doing very well since being placed on medication. Epilepsy has not slowed her down, athletically or academically,” commented Tess’ mother, Terri Maxwell. Although Tess and Molly might battle on the basketball court on February 5th, the two girls and their teams are working together to dispel the myths, stigma and misunderstandings associated with epilepsy. The girls ask that the whole community come out and support “A Day of Hope” on Saturday, February 5th at 7 PM. There is no charge for the event. However, donations collected will go to the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania. There is also a JV game at 5:30 PM.

Click here for a flyer about the event.
Click here for information about epilepsy.

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