The American Diabetes Association (Association) announced the Diabetes Dance Dare to raise awareness about the impact of diabetes and to empower people across the U.S. to get moving.

“Everyone is impacted by diabetes – a disease that has grown in epidemic proportions to include more than 29 million people in the U.S. An additional 86 million have prediabetes, and nearly 90 percent are unaware of their risk,” said Kevin L. Hagan, CEO of the American Diabetes Association. “Our hope is that through the Diabetes Dance Dare, we will engage millions of individuals across the country, igniting conversations and generating funds to help us fight the disease.”

Diabetes Dance Dare in social media using #DiabetesDanceDare

Diabetes Dance Dare participants are asked to share a video of themselves dancing via social media using the hashtag #DiabetesDanceDare. A 23-second long video could help signify this important diabetes statistic—someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes every 23 seconds. In addition to sharing their dance, participants are asked to “dare” three friends to also dance and donate to the Association.

“I’m excited to be a part of kicking off the Diabetes Dance Dare helping increase awareness and support for the mission of the American Diabetes Association. I’m also looking forward to seeing some dance moves from Shane, Shaq and Rashad, since I’ve challenged them to the Diabetes Dance Dare,” said Detroit punter and Team Tackle member Sam Martin.

“I was affected by diabetes through my grandpa, and I never actually got the chance to meet him. He passed away before I was born due to complications from type 1 diabetes. As a member of Team Tackle, I hope football fans and people across the country will join the Diabetes Dance Dare to show off their dance moves! Together, we will generate awareness and support for the American Diabetes Association.”

More information on the Diabetes Dance Dare can be found at