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.
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
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) / firstname.lastname@example.org (E-‐mail)
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
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