Dribble to Stop Diabetes

The Tulsa Shock has partnered with Sanofi US and the American Diabetes Association through the WNBA to promote the Dribble to Stop Diabetes program. Tulsa’s Dribble to Stop Diabetes game will be Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. against the Minnesota Lynx. Dribble to Stop Diabetes aims to prevent diabetes by promoting health and wellness in youth with an active lifestyle through basketball.

The game will include several in game promotions geared toward diabetes prevention. At halftime, Shock Basketball Academy will be conducting a dribbling showcase with fifteen children to promote health and wellness. The Shock will also be honoring 25 children affected by diabetes by participating in the fan tunnel and ball exchange.

Shock forward Glory Johnson is heavily involved in supporting diabetes prevention and will be offering an exclusive post-game autograph session for the first 50 to purchase $19.00 tickets to the game. Tickets are subject to availability and are seated in the Orange Seating section.

All proceeds from this event support diabetes education, community programs and provides funds for research projects within the State of Oklahoma totaling over $8.3 million to find a cure for diabetes. Each year, the American Diabetes Association sends more money into Oklahoma than we raise. Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes. If the current trend continues, 1 out of every 3 children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes by the year 2050. Based on estimates the cost of diabetes in Oklahoma is over $2 billion.

Some of the devastating complications of diabetes include heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage and severe infections leading to foot and leg amputations. Nearly 26 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, including 15% of our Oklahoma population. We need your help to change these numbers. Diabetes becomes much more costly in financial and human terms when the disease is not properly treated.

Diabetes plagues more than just the individual with the disease. It is common, it is costly, it creates numerous complications, and there is no cure. Until we start reversing current trends, through increased awareness, prevention and aggressive disease management, diabetes will continue to have an adverse impact our society as a whole.