Dribble to Stop Diabetes Coming to Chicago

Alexandria,
June 13, 2013

WHAT: The Dribble to Stop Diabetes campaign is sponsoring a WNBA/NBA D-League FIT Clinic during the NBA Nation presented by Sprint’s tour stop in Chicago.  The private FIT Clinic will welcome boys and girls ages 7-12 from the Chicago Parks & Recreation Department. 

Staying active can help reduce the risk for diabetes, or can help people who have diabetes manage it better.  Over 300,000 kids and adults in the Chicago area have diabetes, with many more at risk, so it’s crucial to teach people how to get and stay acive. The Dribble to Stop Diabetes clinic will encourage kids to join in the fun and excitement of basketball themed drills while learning the importance of being active. The FIT Clinic will consist of the following:

  1. Instructions on basketball fundamentals
  2. Tips for living a healthy and active lifestyle
  3. Basketball-themed games and drills

WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 2013

           1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

           Center Court at NBA Nation presented by Sprint

           Talent in Attendance:    Sheryl Swoopes, WNBA Legend
            Will Bynum, NBA Player & former D-League Player

WHY: Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States.  A quarter of those with diabetes – seven million – do not even know they have it.  An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

WHO: Dribble to Stop Diabetes is a national multimedia campaign developed by the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the NBA Development League, in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association and Sanofi US. For more information the Dribble to Stop Diabetes campaign, please visit dribbletostopdiabetes.com

 

About the American Diabetes Association

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and every 21 seconds another person is diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (Association) is the global authority on diabetes and since 1940 has been committed to its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To tackle this global public health crisis, the Association drives discovery in research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and provides support and advocacy for people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETESS (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)