Our Mission: To use basketball as a platform to raise awareness and funds for the American Diabetes Association.
In 2012, middle school student Jordan Yaffe started the first ever Dunks for Diabetes basketball tournament in Baltimore, Maryland. Yaffe started D4D in honor of his late friend and neighbor, Dr. Fred Brancati who worked in the field of diabetes at Johns Hopkins University. From 2012-2015 the Baltimore tournament alone raised over $12,000 dollars for the American Diabetes Association. Tournaments soon began to spread nationwide as new events were started in cities like Miami, Washington DC, Nashville, Providence, and New York City.
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We engage our community by creating interactive events that encourage healthy eating, eating in moderation, and exercising through the game of basketball. We do this at tournaments and on social media.
We educate our community about the misconceptions, challenges, and treatments with diabetes. We accomplish this by creating slideshow presentations and sharing first-person experiences.
All proceeds raised from Dunks for Diabetes events go directly to the American Diabetes Association and over $100,00 dollars have been raised all time and over 500 people have participated in D4D tournaments/events since 2018.