NBA veteran Chris Dudley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 16. Luckily, his doctor was supportive of sports, and from that point forward Chris believed he could succeed. Sixteen seasons in the NBA followed. Along the way, Chris established The Dudley Foundation to help other kids with type 1 diabetes pursue their sporting dreams.
Yesterday, Chris wrapped up his 12th year of basketball camp enrolling 75 kids with type 1 diabetes between the ages of 10-17. Campers experienced a full day of skills, drills and games, with two hours of daily free time. The camp strives to teach these youngsters how to maintain good control of their diabetes while playing an intensive sport.
The Foundation allows Chris to give back the same inspiration he sought as an avid high school basketball player with type 1. As a teen, Chris' type 1 athletic role models included Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Famer, Bobby Clark, along with a triathlete. Now Chris is a role model to many, and the basketball camp is but one outreach of his tremendous advocacy for people with diabetes. Diabetes education and search for a cure are other Foundation goals. He has garnered several prestigious awards, including USA Today's Most Caring Athlete.
The Portland Trailblazers just interviewed Chris at the Oregon b-ball camp -- check out this podcast and see what he has to say.