Tonight (May 16, 2017) is senior night for the Brockport Blue Devil's Unified Basketball team.
Senior night is a very special tradition for Brockport teams as parents of players are recognized with their graduating sons or daughters.
Tonight is Nicky Cappadonia's senior night and although he will very much be present in spirit, he won't be on the court or even in the building.
Nicky (who has a rare and severe form of epilepsy) has been at Strong Memorial Hospital (partly in intensive care) for several days this week battling a major seizure episode. He remains hospitalized with his mother Heather by his side.
Heather has a message for everyone in the community about tonight's game (which starts at 4:30 p.m. at the A.D. Oliver Middle School):
"It was to be an evening of joy, and bittersweet, and celebration, and more memory making For him. Memories are important when seizures steal your time.
We are still in the ICU at Strong, and Nicky and I simply cannot attend; barring an outright miracle. Nicky's brother Josh who plays on the team as #23 and my husband Nicholas, will be standing in for Nicky as honorees. Josh has endured much with loving a brother who seizes all of the time. No sibling should have had to see what Josh has seen, or endure what he has has to endure.
Unified Basketball has been a game changer, a life changer, for Nicky and our family.
Please go to this game. And plan on laughing and cheering and dancing your butt off at half time. Because thats what Nicky was going to do, thats what Nicky WANTS to do but cant right now, and he needs you to do now. Please tell everyone you know to change their plans and go to Oliver at 4:30
We are at war with epilepsy. A very real war. And Joy is a powerful weapon. Use your joy tomorrow. Don't let the seizures win."