Two months ago, Justice Bartley hurried out of a Virginia Tech locker room to call his mother. He wanted to break the news of his scholarship to her before she saw the viral video of the team celebrating him or the numerous announcements on Twitter.
It took a few calls to get in touch of her, but they finally connected — a special moment with a person who knew about what he’d been through more than anyone else.
Last week in Brooklyn, Bartley was running around the locker room at the ACC Tournament recording playful videos and pretending to interview teammates with a banana. He’s a part of every joke. He’s comfortable now in a way that looks natural. That comfort took a long time for him to find.
“It’s incredibly important for me to talk about my epilepsy,” Bartley said. “I’m passionate to talk about it, too. There’s a lot of kids out there who deal with the same things. It’s not the things you see on TV. You don’t foam at the mouth; you don’t cut your tongue off. … [I want to] to show people that you can still achieve your dreams. Thank you Justice for being such an asset!