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Reno Bighorns Stress Importance of Staying Healthy At School Assembly

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#22 Dar Tucker (with microphone), #50 Ralph Sampson III (in background) #22 Dar Tucker (with microphone), #50 Ralph Sampson III (in background)

The Reno Bighorns stopped by Greenbrae Elementary School in Sparks on Friday afternoon to teach the students about staying healthy.

A special assembly was held where the Bighorns front office staff and players, guard Dar Tucker and center Ralph Sampson, talked about the importance of education, eating healthy and being active.

They also talked about the Dribble To Stop Diabetes initiative, which is intended to educate kids about how to avoid the disease.

"It's about letting them know that if they eat healthy, and they exercise and they stay fit," said Michael Reynolds, the Bighorns Team President. "Then, they reduce their risk of getting diabetes."

Dar Tucker first spoke to the students about why it's important to stay active.

"It helps you all out, and it also helps your parents out to give them some quiet time to themselves when you all are outside," he joked to the students.

Then, Ralph Sampson talked about how his older sister having diabetes changed his life.

"She used to tell me that to stay healthy, stay fit, watch what I eat," he said. "I was a very picky eater growing up. I didn't like vegetables. I basically stayed with a lot of protein and stuff that tasted good, a lot of desserts, a lot of sweets. But, when she was diagnosed, she kind of switched up my whole diet. She told me to start eating broccoli because it would make me tall like a tree... I guess it worked. (students laugh)"

The Bighorns will host Dribble to Stop Diabetes Night during Saturday's home game against Idaho at the Reno Events Center. The Dribble To Stop Diabetes concourse table will have more information about type 2 diabetes risk factors and prevention.

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