To the Moses E. Cheeks Foundation Slam
Dunk For Diabetes Basketball Day Camps located in (IL) are - Chicago, LaGrange,
and Machesney Park. Other camps are located in Schererville, IN, Memphis, TN,
and West Allis, WI. They are FREE,
not-for-profit, instructional day camps for youths who have been
diagnosed with diabetes. Currently, they are the only basketball
day camps for kids with diabetes in the United States.
The camps are open to both boys and girls, ranging
in age from
5 to 18 yrs. Camps teach the fundamentals of living with diabetes and a place
where participants gain confidence in a safe, structured and supportive
atmosphere. Each camp is designed to educate its campers in the basics
of the relationship between food, exercise and insulin as well as
learning basketball skills. They are also designed to teach the
campers how sports, illnesses and stress affect their blood sugars and
how to make the necessary corrections to their insulin intake.
Most importantly, the campers learn that diabetes doesn't have to
prevent them from living full, active, productive and satisfying lives.
Our main camp, held at the De LaSalle Institute -
runs for 5 days (mornings only). Space is limited to 50-60
participants per session.
In 2009, we opened up a second camp in Lisle, IL (now being held in
LaGrange, IL). This camp runs for
three days (mornings only) and has one session for both age groups.
This is limited to 50-60 participants. (Note: This camp is closed for 2014.)
In 2010, we
added a third camp located near Rockford, IL, in 2011, we added a
fourth camp in Shererville, IN, and in 2013, we added a fifth camp in
(near Milwaukee), WI.
2014, brought the opening of our sixth camp in Memphis, TN.
Feel free to browse our website to learn more about the camp and
diabetes. Click on the link below to watch our video and the
second link will let you read more about the camps.
Too Busy To Diet? Well, this book
may be the answer for you.
Visit our NEWS page
to find out how you can order your copy of eating healthy while on the
go! Co-written by Monica Joyce and Jacqueline King.
Monica is featured in the May/June 2013 issue of Food and
Nutrition, a magazine supplement of the Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics. The article is about Slam Dunk and it is in the
Inspire/Be a Hero
"We are the campers at the Moses Cheeks Slam Dunk for
Diabetes Camp in Chicago, Illinois. We all have diabetes, but we
are all athletes. We are athletes because we have spent the week
learning that we CAN be athletes. Some of us wear insulin pumps, some of
us use insulin syringes, but all of us have to test our blood sugars to
stay healthy while we play. The Slam Dunk for Diabetes Camp is a safe
place where we can be like all kids who love basketball and we don't
feel different for having to monitor ourselves while playing. We are all
colors, all sizes and we come from all over, but we share a bond as kids
living with diabetes. This camp has shown us that there are kids like
ourselves, and we can play as hard as anyone else. For this one week in
the summer, we come together without having to explain ourselves. We
come together to play ball and we play hard."
For further information on our camps
To view photos
of the 2012 camps please
http://www.collages.net and fill
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