The last weekend of April, the American Diabetes Association collaborated with the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the Development League, and sanofi-aventis U.S. at the International Festival in Houston (iFest) to launch Dribble to Stop Diabetes. Dribble to Stop Diabetes is a new national campaign geared towards encouraging fans to be active, make healthy lifestyle choices and learn more about diabetes prevention, management and the potentially serious health complications that can be associated with the disease.
Former and present NBA players, Darryl Dawkins, also known as Chocolate Thunder, and Luis Scola, made appearances at the festival to support the cause. Information on diabetes and goodies were passed out to fans as players signed autographs. Fans and attendees of the festival were entered into a drawing to win a basketball signed by Darryl Dawkins. He towered over fans and expressed how happy he was to be there saying, “Anything to make a difference.” School Walk for Diabetes supporters, Morris and Teyon Jordan, who are physical education teachers in Ft. Bend ISD, came out to help launch the new campaign. The event brought awareness to fans and provided information to those currently living with the disease.