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30 March 2023

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Serbia: playing hoops and scoring goals for diabetes

serbia finalPlaying sports to raise awareness of diabetes and for a good cause is a tradition at Blue Circle, the Belgrade Diabetes Association. For the 3rd consecutive year, the association hosted two sporting charity events: “A Hoop for Diabetes”, a basketball tournament, and “Blue Goal”, a football tournament.

Each participants who signed up to play in the tournaments paid an entry fee, and the money collected was given to both Blue Circle but also to communities affected by the big floods that hit Serbia last May.

Beyond the charity side of the tournaments, both events also allow Blue Circle to raise awareness of the importance of sports and physical activity for the prevention and management of diabetes, and also to offer free blood glucose testing for the general public. Both events received strong support from several companies, the media but also members and friends of the diabetes community.   

Going the extra mile to raise awareness of diabetes

Blue Circle can also count on their ambassadors to raise awareness of diabetes and healthy lifestyles, and of how living with the condition is not a barrier to accomplishing sporting challenges. Predrag Kovacevic and Ninoslav Raskovic, two athletes living with type 1 diabetes, completed the Belgrade Marathon last April, with IDF young leader Nikola Markos supporting them by bike. Igor Crnjanski, the president of the new diabetes association called “Blue Vrbas” (Vrbas is a small town in Serbia) also raised awareness of diabetes by running the Somborski marathon and Ultimate Nutrition race this year. He is planning to run more marathons this year still as he wishes to continue to be a vocal ambassador for the diabetes cause.

Teaching how to be active also needs to begin at an early age. In order to motivate children to be more physically active, Borko Marinkovic, father of a child with diabetes and football coach, is organizing, with the support of the Serbian Diabetes Association a series of sports activities and educational workshops for children with diabetes and their parents. Called “Healthy Summer”, the project will run all through July and August and is primarily aimed at children under the age of 12.

For more information about the activities of the Serbia Diabetes Association, click here.