Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Sam Fuld, in partnership with the Rays, the University of South Florida Diabetes Center and USF Athletics, and Florida Diabetes Camps will host the Second Sam Fuld Diabetes Sports Camp at USF on Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3.
Fuld, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10, will be one of the camp’s 11 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 and cheerleading.
The camp is open to all type 1 diabetics from ages eight to 18. Campers may register online at www.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 were really pleased with our first camp last year,” said Fuld. “The campers had fun and the feedback we received from the kids, their parents and the staff at the USF Diabetes Center made it very clear that we needed to make this a yearly event. It provided the kids with opportunities to share stories and learn from the experiences of other kids and adults with similar histories. Our counselors were phenomenal last year and we have expanded the staff this year to include former major league pitcher Bill Gullickson and professional golfer Michelle McGann.”
Gullickson, who won 162 games in a 14-year major league career, was a 20-game winner for the Detroit Tigers in 1991. McGann is a seven-time LPGA Tour winner.
Returning instructors include 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; 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 2
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 3
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