Greensboro, N.C. -- Kanayo Obi-Rapu, Jr. will never forget the day he watched his best friend and teammate collapse during a basketball game.
"He just shot three 3-pointers in a row and got us back in the game," explained Obi-Rapu. "He fell and I knew something was wrong. Everybody kept telling me he was going to be alright. But I saw him having a seizure and I knew something was wrong."
Level died later that evening, February 19, 2013. Level's autopsy later showed he died from a viral infection called myocarditis, which attacked his heart while he was playing that night.
"At the time, no one knew what was going on," explained Obi-Rapu. "I got myself checked out and the doctor told me if we had an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) on site, it could have saved his life."
There are currently no laws in North Carolina which require amateur athletic facilities to have an AED on site.
"My goal is to bring awareness of the necessity to have an AED in all amateur athletic facilities." said Obi-Rapu. "This is one of the best ways I can think of to honor Josh."
To spread awareness about the need for AED's, Obi-Rapu is organizing the Josh Level Classic charity basketball game for his senior project. It will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Dudley High School in Greensboro. Donations to support the Josh Level Classic can be made at www.gofundme.com. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A senior at New Garden Friends School, Obi-Rapu will play basketball at Longwood University in the fall.