Tamika Dribbles to Stop Diabetes

By Kayla Cook

Tamika Catchings took a road trip to Camp John Warvel to host a Dribble to Stop Diabetes Fitness Clinic for 100 children as part of the WNBA Cares/Fever Cares programs and collaboration between the NBA/WNBA/D-League, American Diabetes Association and Sanofi US. Each child participating was attending the camp to learn more about managing their own diabetes and that day they were focused on how living an active and healthy lifestyle is an important part of doing so. The Dribble to Stop Diabetes Fitness Clinic was even more special for the children because Indiana Fever forward, 2011WNBA MVP, Olympic Gold Medalist and Dribble to Stop Diabetes Ambassador Tamika Catchings conducted the clinic and worked with every group on basketball drills and fundamentals. Tamika told the entire group to never say, “I can’t” and to always try their hardest.

The clinic featured six fitness stations run by Fever staff and Catchings’ Catch the Stars Foundation volunteers. The stations included ball handling and dribbling fundamentals, cardio, agility, strength, passing, and a fitness challenge. Every station featured a unique and active approach to each of these activities, while providing a fun, enjoyable atmosphere for the children to learn about being active. Each station leader interacted with the children on a one-on-one level to really engage them and help them realize that being fit can be fun. With a positive approach to this clinic and a combination of healthy competition and interactive fun, each station was more effective and enjoyable. Many of the children and their counselors were energetic and invested in making each station the best it could be. One of the children commented how much fun they were having and how cool it was to work with Tamika. This reaction applied to many of the children and even the counselors that were at the clinic. The clinic provided a positive and interactive experience for everyone involved.

After every child attended each station, Catchings ended the clinic with some closing remarks about always showing respect to those around them, working their hardest and never giving up. To officially close the clinic Catchings had the children shout out two chants to get them excited. The children collectively and energetically shouted, “Get Fever Fit” and “Dribble to Stop Diabetes”!

Camp John Warvel is an American Diabetes Association residential Camp held at the YMCA Camp Crosley in North Webster, Indiana to offer children a unique atmosphere  to learn how to care for their diabetes according to their developmental levels. This camp provides positive attitudes about diabetes and instills self-confidence in these children through education, encouragement, and example.

Dribble to Stop Diabetes is a national multimedia campaign developed by the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League, in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association and Sanofi US to encourage everyone to live a healthy, active lifestyle and to raise awareness about diabetes. To teach the children at Camp John Warvel about living an active lifestyle the Get Fever Fit and WNBA Fit programs were included to really give these kids an interactive and fun experience.

Dribble to Stop Diabetes night with the Indiana Fever will be on July 12 when the Fever takes on the Los Angeles Sparks at 7pm.  All children involved in the clinic will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the game and all fans will have the opportunity to learn more about the American Diabetes Association and Sanofi US at a table on the main concourse.