The Defeat Diabetes team hopes to benefit those individuals living with Type-1 diabetes. The squad is sponsored by the JDRF, formerly known as by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In addition, Defeat Diabetes will donate a portion of their winnings to the foundation.
Former University of North Florida star Jalen Nesbitt co-founded team Defeat Diabetes with his fiancé, Cristina Desemone. Nesbitt, a Spartanburg, South Carolina, native, sports seven years of professional basketball experience in Europe.
Desemone, who has been living with Type-1 diabetes since 2006, is a registered dietitian specializing in performance nutrition. She works with athletes to help them reach their performance goals as well as preparing them for an elite level of play. The couple felt the Basketball Tournament provided a solid platform from which to advocate for those with diabetes.
The team will play out of the Xavier Region at the Cintas Center, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier University hosts this section of the bracket. Support Defeat Diabetes today!