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RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) men’s basketball team announced on Thursday that it will host Diabetes Awareness Night during its game against Texas A&M International on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. at the UTRGV Fieldhouse.
The UTRGV men’s basketball team is partnering with the Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association to raise awareness about diabetes in the RGV by offering resources and information to fans while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive free t-shirts that promote being united in the fight against diabetes. Doors open at 6.
“Diabetes is a disease that affects so many families, including my own,” UTRGV head coach Lew Hill said. “One in every three people in the Rio Grande Valley has diabetes, while every eight seconds someone dies from diabetes. I want everybody to join us in the fight against diabetes, help us get people tested, and just fight it.”
Diabetes is an epidemic in the United States, and according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 30 million Americans have diabetes and face its devastating consequences.
According, to the American Diabetes Association in Texas, approximately 14.6 percent of the adult population has diabetes with an estimated 187,000 people being diagnosed with diabetes each year. People with diabetes have medical expenses approximately 2.3 times higher than those who do not have diabetes. In Texas, the estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes is 26 billion dollars a year.
Fans donating five non-perishable food items to help stock the UTRGV Student Food Pantry will receive a complimentary ticket with the purchase of a ticket of equal or greater value.
Current UTRGV students get free general admission with a valid UTRGV student ID. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at UTRGVTickets.com. Fans purchasing their tickets online prior to game day can save up to $2 per ticket.