American Diabetes Association Convening Advocates, Researchers and Professional Football Players on Capitol Hill Thursday, March 30

Arlington, Virginia
March 27, 2017

2017 Call to Congress seeks support for people living with and affected by diabetes and federal funding for critical diabetes research

On Thursday, March 30, the American Diabetes Association (Association) will bring together people living with and affected by diabetes, the caregivers who support them, researchers, and more than 40 current and former professional football players to advocate for continued access to affordable healthcare, diabetes research funding, and help to ensure insulin is affordable during the Association’s 2017 Call to Congress advocacy event. 

Each of the professional football players in attendance is a part of the Association’s Team Tackle, an initiative bringing together current and former professional football players to raise awareness about diabetes. 


Kevin L. Hagan, Chief Executive Officer, American Diabetes Association 

William T. Cefalu, MD, Chief Scientific, Medical & Mission Officer, American Diabetes Association

LaShawn McIver, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President, Advocacy, American Diabetes Association

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Co-Chair of the Senate Diabetes Caucus

Senator Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, Co-Chair of the Senate Diabetes Caucus

George King, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School

Kyle Love, defensive tackle for the Carolina professional football team and Team Tackle member

Kathy Sego, advocate and mother

Liz Kennett, BSN, RN, CDE, certified diabetes nurse educator and advocate


The Association hosts a press conference featuring diabetes advocates, health care providers and two U.S. Senators to raise voice for the critical health care needs of people with diabetes. Immediately following the press conference, members of Team Tackle and advocates from around the country will meet with their members of Congress to discuss the dangerous consequences people with diabetes will face if the Affordable Care Act is repealed without a replacement that offers equal or great coverage and protections for people with diabetes; support for research into treatment and potential cures for diabetes; and help to ensure access to affordable insulin.


Dirksen Senate Office Building – SD562


Thursday, March 30, 2017, 9:00 am to 10:00 am ET


Select Team Tackle players and Association advocates will be available for media interviews only upon request. Please send email interview requests to

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding 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 works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)