During Friday's game against the Phoenix Suns, Cousins will sport shoes inscribed with "#TeamAria" and "#EndEpilepsy" and donate those kicks to the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California to be auctioned off, per Slam Magazine.
The former hashtag is a tribute to the daughter of one of Cousins' close friends, the two-time All-Star said in a press release (via Slam Magazine):
A close friend of mine’s daughter was diagnosed with Epilepsy and battled seizures her first 2 years so this cause hits close to home. She ended up having brain surgery and has been seizure-free since. It really is an incredible story. Anything I can do to help promote Epilepsy awareness, I am with it. Hopefully with my so-called celebrity, I can help open more people’s eyes to Epilepsy disorders.
Friday’s contest comes just a day before Purple Day—an internationally recognized day dedicated to raising epilepsy advocacy and education.
Epilepsy, a medical condition that produces seizures, is the fourth-most-common neurological disorder in the country, according to the EFNC. It is more prevalent than autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease combined.
It’s always encouraging to see prominent athletes such as Cousins utilize their standing to raise awareness with such initiatives.