American Diabetes Association Spreads Awareness at Special RoughRiders Game
Executive Director Throws Opening Pitch to his Son
FRISCO, TEXAS — The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Sanofi Aventis teamed up with the RoughRiders last Saturday to spread the word on the risk of diabetes at a very special game-special because executive director of the ADA North Texas office, Quin Neal, threw the opening pitch to his son, Zach Neal, pitcher for the opposing team the Midland Rockhounds.
“It was a pleasure to be representing the American Diabetes Association by throwing out the first pitch,” Neal said. “And it was a treat to be throwing to my son, of whom I’m very proud.”
RoughRiders personnel say that there is no prior record of a father throwing the first pitch to his son at one of their games. The final score: Midland 8, Frisco 3.
The ADA and Sanofi Aventis handed out information to spectators about preventing and managing diabetes as part of a collaboration to Stop Diabetes, a national campaign which began four years ago.
Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.