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.