Events started on Aug. 23 with JDRF’s annual kick-off and conclude on Oct. 18 with a one-mile Walk to Cure Diabetes starting at California’s Great America theme park in Santa Clara. The kick-off event is designed to give families the opportunity to learn about the latest T1D research and sign up for the Walk to Cure Diabetes. The walk encourages those with T1D and their friends and families to join together to walk and raise money for a cure.
Amazing Athletes South Bay will be present at both events to bring fun and fitness to families and participants. Owner and coach; Nicolette Brits will be on hand to provide a variety of activities to get kids moving, including motor development games like hoop tossing, throwing activities, balancing, obstacle courses and sport challenges that include soccer, lacrosse, hockey, basketball and more!
Brits said her nephew Austin was diagnosed with T1D when he was just three years old, which is what prompted her involvement in the diabetes research foundation this year.
“He is now 12 and one of the most active kids I know,” she said. “He is a great example of someone who is not letting his diabetes limit him or hold him back. It’s definitely a big responsibility to stay on top of managing his blood glucose levels, but he has snacks ready at all times. Staying healthy and active is such an important part of a good T1D treatment plan. I’d like to help promote a healthy and active lifestyle and highlight what’s out there for young children to participate in through Amazing Athletes.”
Studies show that although people with T1D can gain the same benefits from exercise as anybody else, many people with T1D do not engage in regular physical activity because they are afraid it will cause hypoglycemia or dangerously low blood-glucose levels. Brits and Amazing Athletes South Bay, however, hope to use the JDRF kick-off and Walk to Cure Diabetes events to show that people with T1D can lead safe and active lifestyles.
“Amazing Athletes South Bay wants to help emphasize and support the fact that children who have been diagnosed with T1D don’t have to sit on the sideline!” said Brits.
JDRF’s annual kick-off event took place at Stanford University on Aug. 23, and The Walk to Cure Diabetes will take place at California’s Great America amusement park in Santa Clara on Oct. 18 with registration open at 7:30 a.m. and the walk beginning at 9 a.m. Among other companies, vendors and fun-filled activities, Amazing Athletes will be on hand hosting sporty games and activities for children of all ages to enjoy.
For more information about Amazing Athletes South Bay, visit www.amazingathletes.com/
About Amazing Athletes:
Amazing Athletes was founded in 2003 as a year-round sports-based youth fitness program helmed by trained coaches who teach children the fundamentals and mechanics of nine different sports including baseball, golf, hockey, volleyball, tennis, football, lacrosse, soccer and basketball. At the core of each class are developmental sports lessons, which focus on improving hand-eye coordination, flexibility, muscle tone, balance and speed and agility with the measurable aim of achieving key motor development goals and milestones. The activities within each class teach more than just the basics of each sport, but the program also teaches children fundamental life skills through sport.Amazing Athletes works diligently to ensure its classes allow every child – no matter his or her ability, age or skill level – to build skills at their own pace within a non-competitive, learning-based environment that emphasizes patience, teamwork and self-confidence. To learn more about Amazing Athletes and its franchise opportunities, visit www.AmazingAthletes.com or call toll-free at (888) 228-3942.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $568 million in scientific research in 17 countries. For more information, please visit jdrfbayarea.org.