Wake Forest Hosts Bounce Out the Stigma Basketball Camp
Aug. 2, 2013
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WFUSports)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest hosted its second annual Bounce Out the Stigma Basketball Camp last week at the Miller Center on campus.
The first and only of its kind for special needs children, the camp allowed participants to experience a renewed sense of freedom and gain confidence to overcome life's challenges.
The program, now in its eighth year overall and second in the state of North Carolina, is free of charge for boys and girls ages 8-20 from the Triad and across the state. Campers were assigned to groups according to their functional skill levels and played daily in two-hour sessions all week.
Wake Forest men's and women's basketball players and coaches made guest appearances at the camp. Director of Athletic Performance for men's and women's basketball Greg Brittenham helped run the camp along with founder Mike Simmel.
Simmel was inspired to launch his non-profit organization when at age 16, he had a seizure and was almost "bounced out" of basketball camp. Simmel vowed to never let his epilepsy hold him back, and he aims to restore confidence in special needs children who may have been unfairly kept off the court because of a disability.