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Team 'B'elieve Fundraiser - NewCath vs CovCath
8/10/2017 - by Terry Boehmker
Proceeds from the Tom Potter Classic high school football preseason scrimmage games being played this week will go to a scholarship fund set up by the Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association.

CovCath football coach Eddie Eviston, helped set up his team’s preseason scrimmage game against NewCath as a fundraiser for his older brother. But one of the games has also been designated as a fundraiser for Team “B”elieve, a organization providing support for Brian “B” Eviston and his family as he battles ALS, a degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Part of the gate receipts from the Newport Central Catholic at Covington Catholic scrimmage game at 7 p.m. Friday will go to Team “B”elieve because both teams have a connection to Eviston.

The 1996 NewCath graduate was a three-year starter on the Thoroughbreds football team. He played quarterback his last two seasons and one of his teammates was his younger brother, Eddie, who is now head football coach at CovCath.

Eddie said his brother was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, last November. That’s when Team “B”elieve began planning fundraisers and the football scrimmage game became one of them.

“Team ‘B’elieve kind of started as a way to kick off some fundraising, but it’s also there to support him and his family mentally and spiritually, being it with prayer or anything else,” Eddie said. “But, obviously, there’s a financial piece to it all and now we’re gong to have this football game Friday to raise some money.”

Brian and his family will use the money to offset expenses for any equipment or home modifications he may need if the disease progresses. They can also use it to cover travel expenses if Brian is chosen to participate in any of the medical trials being conducted to find a cure.

“He’s in a couple of databases at different hospitals that might be doing those trials,” Eddie said. “We got some good news in a sense that Boston’s Massachusetts General is going to do a third trial with a test drug that’s had a pretty successful rate so far. We don’t know if his name will get called for that or not. Right now, we’re just praying he’ll get the opportunity to go up there and receive that treatment and see how he responds to it.”

Admission to the NewCath-CovCath scrimmage game will be $6 for adults and $4 for students. There will be a Split the Pot raffle to raise additional money for Team “B”elieve.

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