DASH Camps Work to Rebrand Diabetes

 Diabetes and Sports Health pic

Diabetes and Sports Health
Image: dashcamp.org

For nearly a decade, Neill Sullivan has led SMC and REO Homes, LLC, as president. In this capacity, he renovates and preserves vintage homes in the Oakland, California, area and manages various rental properties. Demonstrating his love for the community, Neill Sullivan and his company is continuously seeking new ways to give back. He has planted hundreds of trees in the city, restored boarded up houses, and supported Diabetes and Sports Health (DASH), an organization that promotes positive diabetes identities.

Programs offered by DASH are available for youth between the ages of 6 and 18. Although the programs are specially designed for youth with type 1 or type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, any local community members, friends, and family who want to join the activities are welcome. Parents and loved ones can also attend DASH programs and participate in specific activities such as panel discussions.

Young campers at the DASH camps enjoy a huge range of sports, from soccer and baseball to dodgeball and capture the flag. They have the opportunity to learn about basic diabetes information, such as type awareness and carb counting, and are empowered through art and music. The DASH camps also work to promote community health advocacy by making diabetes information more readily available.

The DASH camps cost the organization roughly $50 a day per camper, but DASH actively tries to make its programs available to community members without being a financial burden. To this end, families and individuals can apply for partial and full scholarships for all DASH camps. Further, regular fees include lunches, t-shirts, and mentorship from athletes with diabetes.


Popular Surf Spots in Nicaragua

Playa Maderas pic

Playa Maderas
Image: wannasurf.com

Longtime Bay Area resident Neill Sullivan leads SMC and REO Homes, LLC, as founder and president. Splitting his time between community improvement efforts and his professional responsibilities, he renovates and manages vintage and rental houses in Oakland, California. A surfer in his free time, Neill Sullivan has had the chance to surf in such places as Nicaragua. Despite not often being identified among the world’s top surf destinations, Nicaragua is home to several quality surf spots, including:

Playa Maderas – Located around 10 minutes from San Juan del Sur, Playa Maderas features hollow lefts and rights, along with some great long-period swells. It is a popular spot among both tourists and locals and is the location of several surf schools. Despite the area’s accommodations for beginners, experienced surfers also frequent the large beach.

Playgrounds – Frequently compared to Trestles, Playgrounds is a great spot for surfers with long and short boards. The waves break across a cobblestone reef to both the right and the left. Although left breaks are typically longer, surfers can still enjoy double-overhead waves without worrying about swimmers.

Popoyo – Split into inner and outer reefs, Popoyo is one of Nicaragua’s classic surf spots. The inner reef is typically calmer and is popular among local expats. Meanwhile, the outer reef features swells upwards of six feet and wide barrels. Given the shallow reef below, though, it is only used by highly experienced surfers.