DUNKING ON DIABETES AT THE
CHRIS DUDLEY BASKETBALL CAMP
During the first week of August, 75 young athletes living with type 1 diabetes, gathered in Vernonia, Oregon for the 23rd year of the Chris Dudley Basketball Camp. In this year alone, CDBC hosted attendees from 24 different states and 3 countries. CDBC focuses on educating youth on how to properly manage T1D while competing at a high level, encouraging them to
not let T1D stop them from achieving
their dreams, and connecting them to peers and role models who share an understanding of the daily challenges of living with T1D.
Campers spent the week advancing basketball skills and building relationships. We were thrilled to have special guests join us in working with campers during the week including former NBA head coach, Herb Brown (Detroit Pistons, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, and others), as well as long time NBA Strength and Conditioning Coach, Bob Medina, who ran campers through fun and challenging drills. Chris Dudley spent the week on the courts, forming relationships with campers and coaching alongside experienced camp coaches.
While campers bonded as teams and competitors on the courts, they also made memories on the giant slip n' slide, cooling off in the pool, and cheering each other on during the CDBC Talent Show and Lip Sync Battle. The week was capped off with the traditional "Pass-the-Ball" night, in which campers and staff share about their experience with type 1 diabetes and what camp means to them. As always, it was an emotional night of goodbyes, yet solidified the uniqueness of the bonds formed while spending a week without need to explain type 1 diabetes to anyone. Thank you to all of the doctors, nurses, coaches, counselors, and support staff who help make this week possible and so special to youth with type 1 diabetes and their families.