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Sixers Host Fit For Fun Basketball Clinic For Children With Diabetes - 1/16/2010

by: Jeremy Field

The Philadelphia 76ers held a Fit for Fun basketball clinic at the Sixers practice facility on Saturday for children with diabetes. The clinic was held in anticipation of Diabetes Awareness Night this Wednesday, when the Sixers take on the Portland Trailblazers at the Wachovia Center.

Before the clinic began, Dr. Martha Zeger of Main Line Health Systems spoke to the group about what types of foods they should be eating and how what they eat affects their body.

Sixers guard Royal Ivey was on hand as a special guest, discussing his habits for healthy living, giving advice for staying fit, and taking part in a variety of drills and games with the kids in attendance.

"We enlightened the kids to better eating habits and showed them some activities to do on a day-to-day basis to stay active," Ivey said.

The children, sporting t-shirts with the name of Ivey’s Community Assist group “Ivey Leaguers”, were split into teams for shooting and dribbling races, as well as a game of “steal the bacon” with the fifth-year guard joining in on the friendly competition.

Ivey, whose personal connection with diabetes stems from his grandfather’s battle with the disease, said "I just wanted to come out and show my support for these kids." His advice included "stay healthy, be fit, and live life."

To see additional photos from the event, click here.