Dave Clark Bio:Dave is a native of Corning, New York, who now lives in Cape Coral,Florida, with his wife, Camilla, their d...
DATHE VE CLARKPULLING EACH OTHER ALONG   A ARD    W     The Dave Clark, “Pulling Each Other Along” Award   was launched be...
Doug  J.  Cornfield  Sr.  Manager,  Dave  Clark  BaseballDear  Doug:We  recently  held  our  annual  Miracle  Special  Need...
Book Summary               Diamond in the Rough                                         D v Cl r St ry               Imagi...
Disability Dream Day (D3)Baseball Camp hosted by Dave ClarkMission StatementThe mission of D3 is to generate awareness for...
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Dave Clark Baseball

  1. 1. Dave Clark Bio:Dave is a native of Corning, New York, who now lives in Cape Coral,Florida, with his wife, Camilla, their daughter, Elica, and son Trey.As an infant, Dave contracted polio that stunted his growth and lefthim without the full use of his legs. But despite that, and perhapsbecause of it, he was driven to excel in physical competition againstso-called able-bodied people.The Dave Clark story is likely the greatest "mostly unknown"professional sports account of our time and teaches unforgettablelife lessons that gives hope to anyone facing a challenge whetherlarge or small.Daves Awards and Honors Summary:1952 - Polio Survivor.1964 - Final Year of Little League.1971 - Signed Pro Contract with Pittsburgh Pirates Organization.1972 - Graduated Corning Community College.1974 - Ithaca College Graduate in School of Physical Education.1975 - Fireman of the Year as the top relief pitcher for the Indianapolis Clowns.1977 - Inducted to the Corning-Painted Post Hall of Fame.1981 - Selected to the Swedish Elite Baseball League All-Star Team as a pitcher.1984 - Became Owner of the Indianapolis Clowns.1996 - Worked with Team USA at the Atlanta Olympics.1996 - Received a national Giant Steps Award for coaching.1996 - Founder of Swedish Little League.1997 - Named Manager in the Swedish Elite League All-Star Game.1999 - Received the National Heroes of Sports Award.1999 - Pitching Coach Atlanta Braves.2001 - Received the Corning Community College Distinguished Alumni Award.2002 - Inducted into the Ithaca College Hall of Fame.2008 - Published “Diamond in the Rough” The Dave Clark Story, As told to Roger Neumann.2010 - One of the “150 Heroes: People in Sports Who Make This a Better World” by Richard Lapchick.2011 - Bo Jackson Courage award winner, presented by the Pitch & Hit Club.2011 - Launched the Dave Clark “Pulling Each Other Along” award.2011 - Paul Harris Fellow award winner, presented by The Rotary International.Dave is currently a motivational speaker, envoy coach for Major League Baseball International, a scoutfor the Baltimore Orioles and radio analyst for the Florida Everblades. For more information go to theDave Clark Baseball website: www.DaveClarkBaseball.com or call 607-329-0010.
  2. 2. DATHE VE CLARKPULLING EACH OTHER ALONG A ARD W The Dave Clark, “Pulling Each Other Along” Award was launched because of the kind acts received from those who provided encouragement throughout Dave Clark’s incredible life journey. This award is presented both regionally and nationally across the country to individuals who have unselfishly helped those with a disability. Send Nominations to: Award@daveclarkbaseball.com Dave Clark Baseball www.DaveClarkBaseball.com 607-329-0010, 877-230-4523
  3. 3. Doug  J.  Cornfield  Sr.  Manager,  Dave  Clark  BaseballDear  Doug:We  recently  held  our  annual  Miracle  Special  Needs  Baseball  Camp  here  at  Hammond  Stadium,  and  I  wanted  to  share  with  you  some  thoughts  about  Dave  Clark,  and  all  that  he  has  done  for  us  to  help  us  bring  this  event  to  the  SW  Florida  community.I  first  met  Dave  in  2005,  and  it  was  at  that  Jme  that  we  began  to  speak  about  the  possibility  of  having  our  players  and  coaches  take  part  in  a  Special  Needs  Camp  here  at  Hammond  Stadium.  The  thought  was  iniJally  a  bit  overwhelming  since  we  had  not  done  something  like  this  before.  Dave  helped  us  put  together  a  plan  that  was  easy  to  implement,  and  he  gave  us  some  great  suggesJons  on  how  to  make  the  experience  fun  for  the  kids  and  their  families.When  we  reached  the  day  of  the  camp,  I  asked  Dave  to  meet  with  our  players  and  coaches,  to  share  his  story,  his  love  for  baseball,  his  Jme  playing  the  game,  and  how  he  was  able  to  successfully  face  the  challenges  that  he  had  in  his  life.  Our  players  were  completely  in  awe  of  Dave’s  story.  Many  of  them  came  up  to  me  aOerwards,  and  between  Dave’s  message,  and  the  experience  of  being  a  part  of  the  camp  that  day,  they  indicated  it  was  a  day  they  would  remember  forever.Each  year  since,  for  six  years  now,  we  have  held  a  Special  Needs  Camp  here  at  Hammond  Stadium.  It  is  by  far  and  away  the  best  event  we  do.  There  is  no  beQer  feeling  than  knowing  that  we  can  give  the  opportunity  to  these  kids  and  their  families  to  come  out  to  the  ballpark  and  spend  a  morning  with  our  team,  and  the  end  result  is  that  they  had  a  great  Jme  and  were  able  to  put  their  cares  and  worries  aside.  We  have  Dave  Clark  to  thank  for  that.We  are  proud  of  our  associaJon  with  Dave,  and  with  Dave  Clark  Baseball.  We  look  forward  to  many  more  years  of  helping  to  create  special  moments  and  memories  for  so  many  families  here  in  SW  Florida.  We  are  truly  blessed  to  have  Dave  Clark  in  our  lives.  He  is  a  great  inspiraJon  to  all  of  us.Sincerely,Steve  Gliner  ExecuJve  Vice  President  /  General  Manager  Fort  Myers  Miracle  14400  Six  Mile  Cypress  Parkway  Fort  Myers,  FL  33912  239-­‐768-­‐4210  (office)  /  sgliner@miraclebaseball.com  (E-­‐mail)
  4. 4. Book Summary Diamond in the Rough D v Cl r St ry Imagine being 5-foot-2 and playing professional baseball. And not just playing, but also managing, coaching, scouting, owning a professional barnstorming team that toured the country, and traveling Europe as a representative of Major League Baseball. Now imagine doing it all on crutches. That’s the incredible and inspiring tale at the heart of Diamond in the Rough: The Dave Clark Story, written by sportswriter Roger Neumann, as told by Dave Clark. This is so much more than a baseball story, though. And so much more than a sports book, although Dave also has played hockey and golf and other physical games – again, all while using crutches to get around. As an infant in Corning, New York, Dave contracted polio that stunted his growth and left him without the full use of his legs. But despite that, and perhaps because of it, he was driven to excel in physi- cal competition against so-called able-bodied people. He married, had a daughter, moved his family to Florida and is currently a scout for the Baltimore Orioles. Along the way, he nearly got “the call” to the major leagues as a pitcher. “Dave Clark’s story is an astonishing blend of fact and fact. It only reads !Baseball executive Mike Veeck Son of the legendary promoter Bill Veeck From the Forward
  5. 5. Disability Dream Day (D3)Baseball Camp hosted by Dave ClarkMission StatementThe mission of D3 is to generate awareness for over 50 million Americans living with disabilities byhighlighting their potential and accomplishments while acknowledging the impact on their lives byothers ― including family, friends, physicians, nurses, therapists, educators and varied influentialpersons involved in their care and development. The presentation of the “Dave Clark Pulling EachOther Along Award” at each D3 event honors the notable contributions of those who have helpedothers achieve their dreams under exceptional circumstances.D3 Special Needs Baseball CampDave Clark brings over 40 years of expertise at every level of baseball. His unique athletic journey asa player, coach, manger, scout and owner will provide a fun-filled day of activity and learning.Participants will be fielding, throwing, and hitting with hands-on help from local high school and collegebaseball players. Activities will accommodate the varying skill levels for all attendees.Catered ReceptionCampers, family members, volunteers, and care takers will be treated to a lunch reception hosted byDave Clark. Dave will bring an encouraging message and present a Pulling Each Other Along Awardto wrap up the day’s events.Pulling Each Other Along AwardThe presentation of the Dave Clark Pulling Each Other Along Award honors the notable contributionsof those who have helped others achieve their dreams under exceptional circumstances.SponsorshipD3 events are funded by sponsors and supporters of Dave Clark Baseball. The program delivers a fun-filled event with rich marketing opportunities, outreach, inclusion, and awareness of the can-do spiritevident throughout the disability community. www.daveclarkbaseball.com www.facebook.com/DaveClarkBaseball60 East Market Street, Suite 130 Corning, NY 14870 877-230-4523 - 607-329-0010

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