Wake Forest to Host Bounce Out the Stigma Basketball Camp
April 23, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest will host the Bounce Out the Stigma Basketball Camp July 23-27. The first and only of its kind for special needs children, the camp allows participants to experience a renewed sense of freedom and gain confidence to overcome life's challenges.
The program, now in its seventh year overall and first 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 will be assigned to groups according to their functional skill levels, and will play daily in two-hour sessions.
Guest appearances will be made by Wake Forest basketball coaches, dieticians and special guest personalities.
"Mighty Mike" Simmel and Wake Forest's Greg Brittenham are teaming up to provide a unique experience for special needs children to pursue their passion for basketball.
Founder Mike 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.
Simmel will be assisted by Wake Forest's Director of Athletic Performance for men's and women's basketball, Greg Brittenham, who also spent 20 seasons as the strength and conditioning coach for the New York Knicks.