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Mike Munchak to Host Second Annual "Strikes to Stop Diabetes" June 13


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The American Diabetes Association of Tennessee announces the second annual "Mike Munchak's Strikes to Stop Diabetes." The "Pro-Bowling" Tournament will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 at the Hillwood Strike & Spare Family Fun Center in West Nashville.  Hillwood Strike and Spare is located at 3710 Annex Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209.

To purchase a team, please contact Kristie P. Ryan at 615.298.3066 ext. 3335 or at the American Diabetes Association. Several sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Coach Munchak's reason for selecting the American Diabetes Association as the beneficiary is as personal as you can get – his wife Marci has dealt with the disease for over 25 years and the entire Munchak family will be heavily involved in this event to benefit diabetes research.

"I started this bowling event as a way for our coaches and players to interact with community members and to support a great cause," said Coach Mike Munchak.  "Bowling teams have either a player or coach assigned to their team for every game, and just like last year, the atmosphere will be great and the competition will be a lot of fun.  When I thought about doing a charity event here in Nashville, my family and I wanted to do one that was special to all of us; one that we can support the local programs for diabetics plus help fund research for a cure."

"Last year, we were thrilled to partner with Coach Munchak, his family and the Titans organization on the 'Strikes to Stop Diabetes' event," said Kristie Ryan, Executive Director of American Diabetes Association – Tennessee.  "Everyone had a great time and we raised over $70,000 for a much needed cause."  Ryan adds "Diabetes continues to be one of the leading health problems across our nation and particularly here in Tennessee.  Nearly 10% of Tennesseans (550,000+) are diabetic and that stat is growing as one in three children born in the year 2000 or after will develop diabetes in their lifetime!  Current estimates are that more than 25 million Americans are diabetic and approximately seven million of that total has yet to be diagnosed."

The format for the event provides plenty of entertainment and interaction with both current and former Titans players and coaches.  Teams will consist of four bowlers, and a Titans player or coach will become a fifth member.  The teams will bowl three-games and will rotate different members of the Titans during the event. 

Teams of four are $1200 each.  All bowlers will receive a commemorative bowling shirt, along with complimentary food and drink.  In addition, the entire Titans group will be accessible to meet, get autographs and take pictures with during the evening.

About the American Diabetes Association – Tennessee

Diabetes is the leading health problem in the state of Tennessee according to the Tennessee Department of Health.  The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of ALL people affected by diabetes.  We work to accomplish this mission through education, advocacy, and research.  Over the years, the ADA has invested more than half a billion dollars and provided funding for nearly 4,000 research projects, with a continuing emphasis on training new investigators and pursuing novel strategies for curing, treating, and preventing both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is currently funding nine researchers across Tennessee for a total of $2,577,839. Locally funded programs include:

• Camp Sugar Falls is the only day camp for diabetic children in Tennessee and is a program of the American Diabetes Association and is held annually at the YMCA's Camp Widjiwagen.

Diabetes NOW! is an annual educational symposium free to the community featuring speakers, cooking demonstrations, diabetes related products and programs, and health screenings.

OurAdvocacy program provides a voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

Our Safe at School program educates families and school staff about appropriate care and treatment of children with diabetes and works to ensure that a diabetic child's needs will be safely met in the school setting, free from discrimination.

Educational materials are provided at no charge upon request and through more than 250 health fairs statewide.

The African American Program works to educate the African American population about their increased risk of diabetes through a church related educational series called Project Power. More than 500 churches throughout Tennessee and North Mississippi participate each year.

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