Ohio State Women's Waterpolo team will host its 5th annual Katie Johanni Memorial tournament.
This tournament celebrates the life and legacy of Katie Johanni, our goalie, teammate, friend, and constant positive presence. Tragically, Katie had a seizure and passed away in her sleep on November 24, 2015 due to SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy). Although having epilepsy threw innumerable obstacles in her way, Katie always persevered. She never stopped living her best life and continued to participate in the competitive and high-energy sport of water polo, bringing joy and positivity to everyone she encountered. Ever since her passing, this team has been dedicated to living our best lives, through kindness and dedication, like Katie would’ve wanted us to. Those of us who had the pleasure of knowing her and the gift of her friendship use this tournament to remember our dear friend. Better yet, those of us who joined after her passing use it as a celebration of our buckeye polo family, as well as a chance to learn what it means to be a model teammate
Since the first Katie Johanni Memorial tournament, we have raised over $25,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation. For our 5th annual memorial tournament, we hope to grow our total donation to the Epilepsy Foundation by even more, with a goal of fundraising an additional $2,000.
On October 19-20, we will have several women’s teams from across the country come together and compete in the sport that gave Katie so much joy. We want to continue the legacy that she left on us, one of kindness, inclusivity, and warmth. Each donation you make will be going directly to the Epilepsy Foundation and will help contribute to research on things like SUDEP.
We look forward to seeing you at our tournament, and deeply appreciate your donation to this worthy cause.
To make make a donation please visit the team's fundraising page by clicking here.