Joseph (Joey) Hanley

Regional Ambassador

Joey (Joseph) Hanley has been playing baseball since his hand could fit into a glove. He is an 18 year old high school athlete, pitcher, gifted drummer, expert texter, accomplished Snapchat story teller, obsessed YouTube connoisseur and general “nethead” always surfing for new and motivating athletic content. Joey is a senior at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake Illinois where he lives with his Mom, Dad, older sister Olivia and younger brother Ty. In the fall of 2016, Joey will attend North Central College in Naperville Illinois where he will play baseball and study athletic training.

Joey is passionate about athletics. He loves experimenting with advanced techniques that challenge the limits of his physical ability.  He is happiest when he is on the mound or in training. (His happiest moments are when he is on the mound or in training.)  Joey does not consider himself a natural athlete so he pushes to be the hardest working guy in the gym.  Joey lives by the motto that “If you have a big enough ‘why,’ then the ‘how’ becomes self-apparent.”  With that as the backdrop, Joey knows that success is not easy, but it is achievable, and no obstacle is immovable.

Joey was chosen as one of 50 high school juniors in Illinois to participate in the 2015 Illinois High School Association Chicagoland Classic Showcase.  He was also honored in 2015 as part of the Fox Valley All Conference and was elected by high school faculty to be highlighted in a school video about democracy.  Joey trains with two elite national pitching coaches, Ron Wolforth, owner of the Houston Baseball Ranch, and Randy Sullivan, owner of the ARMory in Tampa Florida. 

Joey developed seizures at the age of 15 and refuses to let seizures define him. He is proud to be an Athlete vs Epilepsy Ambassador and hopes that one day seizures will be nonexistent.  Joey finds inspiration in the lives of people who have overcome significant challenges and he hopes to help others in the same way. He admits that “seizures are a daily battle”, however, he also knows that every day without one is a day closer to a life without them.  A life unencumbered by seizures is where Joey finds his ”why”.