Mystics & Sanofi US Continue Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Washington Mystics, Sanofi US, and the American Diabetes Association have continued their partnership and will host 35 children for a meet and greet with players on Thursday, June 28. The kids will also have a chance to watch the team practice and hear nutrition advice from Mystics team trainer Michael Bugielski.

Celebrating their 15th season, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The group also owns and operates the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Verizon Center – the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University's Patriot Center.

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 to encourage basketball fans to live an active, healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about diabetes prevention, management and the potentially serious health complications that can be associated with the disease.

Estimates show that nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, and every 17 seconds – about the time it takes for a timeout in a basketball game – someone in the United States is diagnosed with the disease. Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States. A quarter of those with diabetes – 7 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. On top of that, an estimated seven million people remain undiagnosed with type 2 diabetes which is why driving awareness through the Dribble to Stop Diabetes program is so essential.

It’s important to know your risk for type 2 diabetes and, if you are at risk, talk to your doctor and get tested. Visit www.dribbletostopdiabetes.com for more information and to take the risk assessment.