Golfers set to tee off for juvenile diabetes research

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Photo Provided Eight-year-old William Wimberley chips a shot onto the green. Wimberley’s family has organized a golf tournament to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Attention area golfers: Team William is taking its fight against Type 1 Diabetes to the course.

The first annual Team William T1D Tee Off for Diabetes tournament kicks off Jan. 31 at Summerville Country Club. The event will include an adult captain’s choice golf tournament Jan. 31 and a junior golf tournament Feb. 1. Both will benefit the Palmetto Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Camp Adam Fisher, the Carolina’s largest summer camp for children with diabetes.

Shortly after his third birthday William Wimberley was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the pancreas and makes it unable to produce insulin and turn sugar into energy.

As a result, the youngster is dependent on insulin shots to live. Now 8, he has to test his blood glucose levels by finger pricks and give himself up to 8 insulin shots daily.

Still, he lives an active life and participates in several sports. His mother, Susie Wimberly, says golf is one of his favorites.

Shortly after the youth’s diagnosis, Team William was formed to raise awareness and education about diabetes and team members began participating in events such as the Charleston JDRF Walk for a Cure. The idea for the Team William T1D Tee Off originated after William suffered a hypoglycemic seizure while on a family vacation late last summer.

“I decided right then we needed to do more,” Susie Wimberly said. “JDRF is on the brink of making some amazing discoveries that will not cure T1D, but will certainly make living life with it easier. I want to be a part of helping that happen.”

The Team William T1D Tee Off junior tournament is for golfers age 8-18 and is endorsed by the South Carolina Junior Golf Association and the First Tee of Charleston so participants can earn SCJGA ranking points. The registration fee is $45 per player and includes greens fee, a gift bag, T-Shirt and prizes.

“We are hoping to attract golfers from all over the state and we have multiple levels of sponsorships available,” Susie Wimberly said.

Sponsorships ranging from $250-$3,000 are available with various perks. Funds raised will go towards the Palmetto Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, providing a diabetes alert dog to a Lowcountry child with Type 1 Diabetes and providing a scholarship for Camp Adam Fisher where campers from across the Southeast, and their siblings, are treated to archery, swimming, canoeing, hiking, jet skis, a water trampoline and ropes course while also learning carbohydrate counting, good nutrition, how to monitor blood glucose levels and how to adjust insulin levels.

Check in for the Team William T1D Tee Off junior tournament begins at 8 a.m. Feb. 1. There will be a diabetes education fair during the tournament, which is scheduled for a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Registration is also open for the adult four-man captain’s choice tournament on Jan. 31. The fee is $60 per player. That event will kick off with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

To learn more or register for either event, visit www.teamwilliamT1D.com, email Susie Wimberly at teamwilliamT1D@gmail.com or call 568-7830.

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