Just because a person has diabetes, it doesn’t mean they can’t excel at sports. Here is a look of a professional athlete who prove that with determination, discipline and the right attitude, you can beat the illness!
Adam John Morrison born July 19, 1984 is an American basketball player who last played for Beşiktaş Milangaz of the Turkish League. Morrison played for three years at Gonzaga University and was considered to be one of the top college basketball players in 2005–06. He was a finalist for the Naismith and the Wooden Award. He was named Co-Player of the Year with Duke University’s J. J. Redick by the United States Basketball Writers Association and won the 2006 Chevrolet Player of the Year award.
As an eighth grader, basketball star Adam Morrison was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Concerned that his hoop dreams might be compromised, his doctor assured him that he could still play in the NBA despite the disease. Adam took that advice and went on to star at Gonzaga University, where he led the Nation in scoring as a senior and was named National Player of the Year. The Charlotte Bobcats made him the third overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Just as impressive as his outside shot is Adam’s dedication to counter diabetes, making him a role model for diabetics all across the world. During games, Adam is regularly seen injecting himself with insulin during timeouts when his blood sugar level gets too high and he drinks fruit juice or eats something with sugar when his blood sugar level is too low. Through insulin and a well-managed diet, Adam has managed to keep the same exercise routine since his diagnosis in grade eight.
Adam Morrison Says:
“Today, I want to show people with diabetes that it’s possible to live a healthy life and to follow your dreams.”