KOKOMO, Ind. — Basketball fans can catch an Indiana Pacers game and benefit Indiana University Kokomo's camps for children by attending a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, April 21.
A portion of tickets sold using the IU Kokomo passcode will go directly to the School of Nursing's funds for summer camps, which include programs for children with asthma and with diabetes, as well as one for children interested in fitness.
"When you buy these tickets, not only do you get a great price for the game, you make a difference in the lives of children living with chronic conditions through our camps," said Lynda Narwold, assistant dean. "Events like this make it possible for us to charge only $20 per person to attend our high-quality camps."
Each ticket is $18.78, which includes the game, a voucher for a hot dog, bag of chips and a drink, a T-shirt and a 10 percent discount at the Home Court Gift Shop. Tickets may be ordered at www.pacersgroups.com/tickets/796, using the passcode IUKN to get the group rate and to be seated with the IU Kokomo group. Orders are due by Friday, April 6.
Narwold said the funds will help the School of Nursing offer Camp Eeze-the-Wheeze, for children with asthma, Kidds Kamp, for children with diabetes. IU Kokomo has offered the camp for 17 years.
"We teach the children with asthma how to use their medications properly and how to recognize triggers for asthma attacks, and how to use nutrition to avoid them," she said. "Diabetic children are taught how to recognize signs and symptoms of problems, and how to avoid them by monitoring their blood sugar. Some of the kids come to camp afraid to give themselves their insulin shots, but by the week they can do it themselves. We're teaching them to be more self-sufficient in caring for themselves."
This will be the second year for Fit Camp, for children who are interested in learning about health and wellness. All camps are at Kokomo's Jackson Morrow Park.
Nursing students serve as camp counselors, and learn about working with children with special needs from the experience, Narwold said.
"Our students learn about the needs of these children, and they write lessons to help teach them to manage their conditions. They learn from teaching the campers," she said. "Health, nutrition and wellness is something all nurses will have to talk to patients about, and we are giving our students hands-on experience in a way that benefits our community."
For more information about the 2012 camps or the Pacers game, call Narwold at 765-455-9308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The camps are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11 to 15 at Jackson Morrow Park, 4200 S. Park Road, Kokomo.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.