Rays OF Sam Fuld Hosts Sports Camp for Diabetic Children

Rays outfielder & type 1 diabetic Sam Fuld (photo courtesy USF Health)
TAMPA (2012-2-2) -

Children and teens with type 1 diabetes are getting a chance to play ball with a Tampa Bay Ray this weekend.

The USF Diabetes Center is hosting the inaugural Sam Fuld Diabetes Sports camp Friday night and Saturday at USF's Tampa campus. Young people with the disease will be coached in a variety of sports, including baseball and softball, football, soccer, basketball, tennis and cheerleading.

Fuld, who was diagnosed with type-one diabetes when he was ten, says he wants the children attending the camp to get the same kind of reinforcement he did when he was younger.

"From the doctors and family and friends, the message was just a very positive one and I was told immediately that I could accomplish whatever I wanted to, it wasn't going to hold me back, athletically, academically, in any way."

Fuld says what probably makes him proudest about the camp is that his fellow coaches will also be current and former professional and college athletes who have type 1 diabetes, including former NFL wide receiver/track athlete Stacey Simmons, and tennis professionals Genevieve King and Mike Findlings.

In addition to the on field training, there will be sessions for both the youngsters and their parents focusing on how to manage diabetes as an athlete.

You can hear Fuld talk about the diabetic athletes who inspired him by clicking on the "Listen now" link at the top of this page, and for more information about Fuld's camp, visit this website.

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