Most days and nights, Manchester University junior Adrian Johnson and Anderson University senior Trevor Lucas compete against other individually and for their respective men’s basketball programs.
Wednesday, February 7, they will be again, but the duo will also join forces against a larger rival. O.C. Lewis Gymnasium on AU’s campus is hosting a “Team Up with Robbie and Trev” event to raise awareness for the fight against Alopecia as part of the second game of the season series between the Spartans and Ravens. The evening features dinner, the Manchester University – Anderson University contest which includes halftime activities, and a chance for a meet and greet with the two conference standouts.
The top two scorers on the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference statistical charts have dealt with the effects of the dermatological issue, more commonly known spot baldness, during their lives. The American Academy of Dermatology identifies three forms of the malady – areata (losing hair in patches); totalis (losing hair all over the scalp) and universalis (hair loss over the entire body).
Lucas noted his issues began at the age of 10. “It was challenging at first,” he said. “I felt different from everyone else but, over time, I’ve realized that just because I look different, it doesn’t mean that I am different. (Dealing with Alopecia) does get easier.”
Johnson’s interaction with Alopecia occurred a little later but with similar results. “It started in eighth grade and then got very aggressive up through my sophomore year (of high school),” he reflected. “I wound up cutting all my hair off. It has never been that big of a deal for me, as I just embraced (not having hair) and moved forward. I can understand, though, how difficult it would be for others.”
The pair, who have been workout partners in the off-season since Johnson arrive at MU during the 2015-16 academic year, have become good friends.
“I just recognized someone who enjoyed (basketball) and reached out to him,” Johnson said of getting to know Lucas. “Trevor has some friends from high school I know as he’s from Brownsburg, so we are both right in the Indianapolis area.
Trevor’s the one that got things going (for the Alopecia event),” he added. “I’m glad to be a part of something that brings awareness.”