After receiving instructions on proper techniques, one of about 50 participants on hand takes a shot under the watchful eye of a coach during the third annual Moses E. Cheeks Slam Dunk for Diabetes Basketball Camp June 24 to 26 at Franciscan Omni Health and Fitness – Schererville, 221 US 41.
The free program, which includes coaches from The Chicago Bulls Training Academy (four were on hand at Omni), is offered for youths aged 5 to 18, who have diabetes.
Diabetes educators from Omni and from Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Michigan City, Franciscan St. Margaret Health – Hammond, Franciscan Medical Specialists and other area hospitals, were on hand to monitor blood glucose levels and provide support.
The camps, which began in 2005, teach fundamentals of living with diabetes and offer a place where participants gain confidence in a safe, structured and supportive atmosphere, according to the camp website. The program is designed to teach participants the relationship between food, exercise and insulin, as well as basketball skills. It also is designed to teach campers how sports, illnesses and stress affect blood sugar levels, how to make corrections to insulin intake and to demonstrate that diabetes need not prevent one from living a full, active and productive life.
Campers received a Bulls team bag, t-shirt, player evaluation form and graduation certificate.
Monica Joyce, Slam Dunk for Diabetes director, who is being recognized nationally at the National American Association of Diabetes Educators conference this year, appeared at Omni June 25, where a marketing firm from California recorded the event and interviewed medical staff members, campers and parents for the presentation.
For more information on the program, which depends on donations, visit: www.slamdunkkids.net.