Joyce, former Ray Fuld holding area camps
Rays OF Matt Joyce and former Rays OF Sam Fuld are both holding camps in the near future.
* A few spots remain for Rays outfielder Matt Joyce's annual baseball camp, which will be held Sunday at the North Brandon Baseball Complex (2915 Kingsway Ave.). The camp is for kids 5-12, and starts at 10 a.m. Campers will get specialized coaching from Joyce and other pros, a Matt Joyce Sweet Swingin' Baseball Camp T-shirt and lunch. Registration fee is $102.50, with proceeds to benefit the league, and All Children's Hospital. There also will be a raffle of autographed items and other memorabilia. Walkups will be welcome. To register, go to nbyb.biz.
* Former Rays OF Sam Fuld will host his third annual Diabetes Sports Camp for kids at USF on Feb. 1-2.
Fuld, who was diagnosed at 10 years old with Type 1 diabetes, will be joined by 11 other instructors - all of whom have diabetes - from the college and pro levels. There will be instruction in baseball/softball, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, golf, volleyball and cheerleading/dance.
The camp is open to kids 8-18 who have Type 1 diabetes. The registration fee is $70, and includes a camp T-shirt, diabetes supplies, lunch (on Saturday) and snacks. See samfulddiabetescamp.org to register.
"We're really excited to hold this camp for a third year," Fuld said. "Our goal from the outset has been to improve each year and we feel confident that the 2014 camp will be even better than the previous two. Adding volleyball and dance further broadens the array of options for the kids, and it gives us the chance to bring in even more coaches who serve as such great role models. The camp will again provide the campers with opportunities to share stories and learn from the experiences of other kids and adults with similar histories."
Among the instructors are Bill Gullickson, who won 162 games in a 14-year big-league pitching career; Genevieve King, a Tampa native and former tennis professional; Stacey Simmons, a former Univ. of Florida and Indianapolis Colts wide receiver and three-time track and field All American; Michael Findlings, a tennis pro; Lew Finnegan, a former professional basketball player in Germany; ; Andrea Barman, Presbyterian College volleyball star; Chad Bobik, former Nova Southeastern University basketball player; David Ochotorena, former Jesuit High School baseball and football star; Jenny Welch, current Florida International University catcher; Renato Proia, walk-on kicker and soccer goalie at USF.
The camp will be held at the USF Athletic District, 11899 Bull Run Dr. in Tampa. Medical supervision will be provided by staff members from the USF Diabetes Center. For more information, call (352) 334-1321.