ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-Former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Sam Fuld, in partnership with the Rays, University of South Florida Diabetes Center, USF Athletics and Florida Diabetes Camps will host the Third Sam Fuld Diabetes Sports Camp at USF on Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2.
Fuld, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10, will be one of the camp's 12 instructors from the college or professional level―all of whom have type 1 diabetes. Instruction will be provided in baseball/softball, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, golf, volleyball and cheerleading/dance.
The camp is open to all type 1 diabetics from ages eight to 18. Campers may register online at samfulddiabetescamp.org. The $70 registration fee includes a camp T-shirt, diabetes supplies, lunch and snacks on Saturday and snacks on Sunday. There will also be several prizes awarded at the end of the camp.
"We're really excited to hold this camp for a third year," said Fuld. "Our goal from the outset has been to improve each year and we feel confident that the 2014 camp will be even better than the previous two. Adding volleyball and dance further broadens the array of options for the kids, and it gives us the chance to bring in even more coaches who serve as such great role models. The camp will again provide the campers with opportunities to share stories and learn from the experiences of other kids and adults with similar histories."
Returning instructors include Bill Gullickson, who won 162 games in a 14-year major league career; Tampa native and former tennis professional Genevieve King; former University of Florida and Indianapolis Colts wide receiver and three-time track and field All American Stacey Simmons; tennis professional Michael Findlings; former professional basketball player in Germany Lew Finnegan; Presbyterian College volleyball star Andrea Barman; former Nova Southeastern University basketball player Chad Bobik; former Jesuit High School baseball and football star David Ochotorena; current Florida International University catcher Jenny Welch; and walk-on kicker and soccer goalie at USF, Renato Proia.
The camp will be held at the USF Athletic District located at 11899 Bull Run Dr. in Tampa. Medical supervision will be provided by staff members from the USF Diabetes Center. For more information on the camp, call (352) 334-1321.
Schedule of Events:
Saturday, February 1
Camper Check-in: 7:30-8:45 a.m.
Sports Sessions: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sports Sessions: 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Camper Pickup: 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 2
Camper Check-in: 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Scrimmages: 8:00-10:30 a.m.
Parent/Coaches Session: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Rays Street: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wrap-up, Awards and Celebrity Appearances: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.