Corey Brewer basketball camp returns, with chance for parents to join kids in the fun

Corey Brewer, right, receives a plaque from Mauren Piucco, assistant director of the UF Diabetes Institute, in recognition of his advocacy for diabetes research and support of the UFDI.It’s summertime in Gainesville, which means former Gator basketball great Corey Brewer is coming back once more to host his popular basketball camp and to help raise awareness about the need to help those battling diabetes.

This is the 10th year for the annual Corey Brewer Back2Back Champions Youth Basketball Camp, scheduled June 26-28 at Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd St. The University of Florida Diabetes Institute is marking the milestone with a new one-day parent-child basketball camp, UFDI Dunks for Diabetes, on June 29 and a meet-and-greet dinner the evening prior.

The Corey Brewer Foundation is focused on preventing diabetes and improving the lives of people who have been affected by the disease. Brewer has been getting tested for the disease since he was a teenager. Both of his parents and the majority of his family members have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.Corey Brewer and camp staff

Brewer, a member of the Gators basketball team that won back-to-back national championships in 2006-07, now plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association

Gina Aulisio, operations and engagement coordinator for the UFDI, spoke of Brewer’s generosity. “We are incredibly thankful for the support that Corey has provided to the UF Diabetes Institute over the past 10 years,” she said. “Without generous gifts from donors like Corey, the Diabetes Institute would not be the leader in diabetes research, patient care and education that it is today.”

Tickets for the camp have been reduced to $39/each and include child and adult camp registration plus two tickets for the dinner on June 28. The activities of the parent/child camp will be the same as in the Back2Back camp: lectures, drill stations, five-on-five games, contests and education sessions. Campers also receive lunch, a T-shirt, pictures with Brewer, awards and instruction from some of the top coaches in the region.Corey Brewer

This year, the UFDI is offering sponsorship opportunities for individuals or groups interested in helping low-income children attend the camp. Sponsors so far include Novo Nordisk, Campus USA, Subway, Mi Apa, Domino’s, Tower Hill Insurance and ThermoFisher Scientific. Organizations that are helping to recruit families to receive scholarships to the camp include Putting Families First, UF Health and the Gainesville Housing Authority.

The sponsors receive recognition on the UFDI website and social media, T-shirts with their logo, tickets to the meet-and-greet dinner and autographed souvenirs.

All camp proceeds will benefit the UF Diabetes Institute.

For more information, please contact: Gina Aulisio, gaulisio@ufl.edu or 352-273-8279.