Volleyball Night to Support U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network and IHS HOSA Club

Ishpeming, MI – Volleyball season has been over for the girls’ high school teams across the Upper Peninsula for a few months now but volleyball enthusiasts have the opportunity to watch a different kind of volleyball action on Wednesday, March 28.  At 6:30 pm in the Ishpeming High School gym senior boys from Ishpeming, Negaunee and Westwood High Schools will be competing in the 3rd Annual HOSA Senior Boys Volleyball Tournament.  The event is sponsored by Ishpeming High School’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club and the Health Occupations block class.  Proceeds from the evening will benefit both the HOSA club and the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON).

According to Megan Manninen, WHS senior, “I’m excited to be organizing the Boys’ Volleyball Tournament again this year!  It’s a great way to raise awareness about diabetes and UPDON, and the work they do in the U.P.  My grandma has diabetes so I know how important it is to understand and know where to go to learn more about diabetes, both for taking care of yourself and for preventing type 2 diabetes. And we all look forward to the tournament.  It’s a lot of fun for us and Westwood boys have won each year so they are the team to beat!”

UPDON has been serving the Upper Peninsula for 27 years by working with partners to strengthening diabetes care and prevention.  “We’re very excited that the Health Occupations students decided to continue their volleyball tournament, which this year appropriately falls on the day after Diabetes Alert Day, a day when we really want people to learn the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. The funds they raise are so much appreciated and the amount of diabetes awareness they raise is priceless,” Ann Constance UPDON director said.  “It’s encouraging to see youth take an interest in diabetes prevention.  Using physical activity, like volleyball, to support UPDON is perfect since regular physical activity, along with healthful eating, is a proven way to prevent type 2 diabetes.  Having fun and a few laughs at the same time is a bonus!”

There is a $2 admission fee and donations will also be accepted.  Anyone interested in helping with the one-night event or donating to the cause may call Kathy Roberts at 458-2340.  Individuals interested in learning more about UPDON’s efforts to support diabetes care and prevention can call 228-9203 or visit www.diabetesinmichigan.org and click on the U.P.