Washington Players Team Up For Diabetes Awareness

June 28, 2018

Peach Bowl, Inc. and Lions Clubs International organize interactive field day event for local youth in Seattle

SEATTLE (June 28, 2018) – University of Washington football players spent the afternoon with more than 65 youth campers at a field day at Warren G. Magnuson Park yesterday. The event was created to connect Washington players with Seattle’s youth community and to help raise awareness for diabetes.

The event was formed in connection to the Huskies’ season opener against Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The field day provided campers an interactive environment to learn about diabetes and the long-term effect healthy lifestyle choices have in preventing later consequences of the disease.

University of Washington football players Ben Burr-Kirven, Chico McClatcher, Michael Neal, Tevis Bartlett and Race Porter connected with the campers by participating in various drills and scrimmages throughout the day.

All of the activities were primarily focused on flag football and volleyball, but it gave campers the opportunity to meet and engage with Washington players. The field day was a high-energy event that was also informative and encouraged the children to maintain an active lifestyle.

Long time partners, Peach Bowl, Inc. and Lions Clubs International, were the creators of this field day event in an effort to reach the Seattle community leading up to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in September.

Washington is scheduled to face off against Auburn on Sept. 1 in this year’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.


Created in 2008 by Peach Bowl, Inc., the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is the preeminent bowl-style, neutral-site game featuring two elite football programs and has been nationally televised on the first Saturday of the college football season since its inception. The game has hosted teams with national rankings of No. 1 (twice), 2, 3, 5 (twice), 6, 7, 9, 14, 16, 18 (twice), 19, 22, 24 (twice) and 25 (three times). The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game boasts an average attendance of 68,887, has been watched on television by more than 67 million viewers, and has distributed $67.5 million in total team payouts. Since its inception in 2008, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game has featured 10 national coaches of the year, 21 players who were recipients of national awards during their collegiate careers and a total of 58 first-round NFL Draft picks. For more information, visit WWW.CHICK-FIL-AKICKOFFGAME.COM.

About Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Our 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 clubs provide humanitarian service in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects.

About Lions Clubs International Diabetes Initiatives

As Lions Clubs International (LCI) enters its second century of service, diabetes prevention and control was selected as a primary focus area.

“Prevent diabetes and improve the quality of life for those diagnosed” is an aspirational vision statement for LCI that aligns with global diabetes targets. It encompasses Type I, Type II and Gestational Diabetes and alludes to the physical, emotional, and socio-economic aspects of the disease. Related goals include:

Educate Lions and our communities about diabetes

Develop community environments that inspire and support healthy lifestyles.

Increase access to diabetes care, medication and diagnostic equipment.

Increase coordination and support in the implementation of national diabetes policies and plans.