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Highlands and Covington Catholic are rivals. The two storied Northern Kentucky programs annually circle the date of their clashes each year, but this year the two schools will unite in solidarity to help a local man and his family.
Brian Eviston had a commanding presence on the football field as a player for Newport Catholic and Thomas More College. Now a father of four, he was a practicing attorney when he was diagnosed with ALS in 2016. Eviston is a 1996 Newport Catholic graduate.
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Team "B"elieve, was formed shortly after and committed to support Brian and his family in all ways physically, spiritually, and financially.
New Highlands coach, Bob Sphire, knew Eviston after coaching his brother, Eddie, on the Lexington Horsemen. After arriving to Fort Thomas on March 1 and learning about the Bluebirds' Annual Spring clean event, he immediately thought of Eviston and Team "B"elieve.
The Highlands football team holds the annual spring cleaning event each year and chooses a cause to donate the proceeds. This year, that's Team "B"elieve.
The Annual Spring Clean will be held Saturday April 24, 2021, from 1-5 p.m. The event is an opportunity for members of the football team to help area residents with chores, including yard work, cleaning out a garage, or working around your house or business for a donation to their cause.
"We are all praying that somehow this can assist Brian and his family or at least the cause to donate to ALS," said Sphire. "Sometimes researchers are just one more foot away from the vein of gold. Maybe just $1 more is all it takes to find a cure," he said.
"It just changes your every day living. I think that's the biggest thing," said Eviston's brother, Covington Catholic coach Eddie Eviston told Fort Thomas Matters.
"I don't experience it so I don't want to put words in anybody's mouth that's ever gone through it. It's almost like your trapped in your own body. You want to do things, but your body isn't responding the way you're thinking. Obviously as a brother to Brian, it's hard to watch. But at the same time, I know he's going to battle it. His family is going to battle it. He's a guy who was very athletic, involved and active. It's one of those unfortunate events in life that he's dealing with."
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a disease that causes the death of neurons which control voluntary muscles. ALS is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching and gradually worsening weakness due to muscles decreasing in size, which results in difficulty speaking, swallowing and eventually breathing.
Please limit job requests to within a five (5) mile radius of Highlands High School as many players do not drive. For their safety, students cannot use power equipment or power tools.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Schedule your “Spring Clean” through this link HHS FOOTBALL SPRING CLEAN SIGNUP
For more information, contact Brady Dowling at Brady.Dowling@fortthomas.kyschools.us or 859.992.9346.