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Diabetes Games in Fayetteville will allow children to get physical

Posted October 10, 2019 11:27 p.m. EDT
Updated October 10, 2019 11:28 p.m. EDT

— The city of Fayetteville is preparing to host the Diabetes Games, which will give young people who suffer from the ailment a chance to physically exert themselves while having fun.

Many children don't think twice about going out for sports at school or recreation center, but children with diabetes do.

That's why the Diabetes Games is so important to many in Fayetteville.

The event takes place Nov. 16 at Methodist University, and is open to children with diabetes who are between the ages of 10 and 19 can participate.

The games include a mix of traditional track and field events and has obstacle course runs and bounce ball jousting.

Last year, the event allowed children with diabetes to experience the thrill of competition for the very first time.

And that's something the event organizers says doesn't happen in school enough.

"They cannot do anything in the schools because of their diabetes so they come together (and) participate in many sports," said Dr. Brunilda Cordero, a pediatric endocrinologist. "They show their talents, they gain medals, they get all these beautiful medals and they go home boosted (with) their self esteem up."

It is a family-friendly event, and last year about 80 families took part, including some from Virginia.

The deadline to register is Oct. 11, and there will be an online registration on Nov. 1 for late registrants.

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