Dunks for Diabetes is an annual 3v3 basketball tournament fundraiser that takes place in multiple locations across the country. The tournaments honor Dr. Fred Brancati, an influential doctor who researched diabetes at Johns Hopkins.
Our Mission: To empower young leaders to bring communities together in order to promote awareness of diabetes, demonstrate the importance of exercise through the game of basketball, and raise as much money as possible for diabetes research.
Money Raised: $15,310
National Sponsors: Lokai and Camp Manitou for Boys
Tournaments: Baltimore, Boston, and Miami
Baltimore: The fifth annual event had four tournaments of sixteen teams each: two middle school and two upper school. There also was the second annual Camp Manitou sponsored three-point contest mid-way through the event along with special speaker between tournaments. There was also the highly popular raffle as well as t-shirt sales, and the event ultimately raised over $10,000. It was by far the most attended and influential event that Dunks for Diabetes has ever hosted!
Boston: The first ever Dunks for Diabetes Boston was organized by brother Danny and Andy Kaplan, students at Needham High School where the event was held. Sixteen teams of upper schoolers competed in the event.
Miami: The second annual Miami tournament was held at Temple Beth Am and organized by brothers Zach and Tyler Marcus. The sixth and fourth grader managed to put together an impressive event with many participants and supporters. Zach spoke at the event about why he decided to organize event two years in a row. The Marcus brothers have very big plans for future tournaments in Miami.
Money Raised: $5,692
Sponsors: Chesapeake Property Management Inc., The Gourmet Girls, Maryland Local Deals .com, Yaffe Real Estate, American Pool, and Crown Appliance Heating and Air
Tournaments: Baltimore, Miami, Los Angeles, and New Jersey
Baltimore: The fourth annual event had three tournaments of sixteen teams each: one middle school and two upper school. There also was the first ever Camp Manitou sponsored three-point contest mid-way through the event that included Ravens coach John Harbaugh and player Justin Forsett. Forsett also spoke at the event along with Dr. Fred’s daughter, Maddie Brancati, and Troy Wilson, a teacher at Gilman with type 1 diabetes. The event raised over $5,000. GoPro and regular video highlights were produced and are available on the D4D Youtube channel.
Miami: The first annual Miami tournament was organized by fifth grader Zach Marcus and held at Temple Beth Am. Zach spoke at the event, and his team finished in second place. It was a very exciting event filled with a large sense of community and promise for the future.
Los Angeles: The first tournament in LA was organized by Eli Goldstein. It was the first D4D tournament to take place on an outdoor court.
New Jersey: Evan Fleisig organized the tournament with a group of school friends. It took place before the LA and Boston events, so it was officially the first tournament to take place outside of Baltimore.
Money Raised: $3,105
Baltimore: The third annual Baltimore tournament at Gilman school had sixteen middle school teams and sixteen upper school teams.
Money Raised: $2,500
Baltimore: The second annual Baltimore tournament at Gilman school had thirty-two middle school teams.
Money Raised: $2,000
Baltimore: The first ever Dunks for Diabetes at Gilman school consisted of sixteen three-person middle school teams. Dr. Fred Brancati and Jordan Yaffe spoke at the event, and these speeches are available on Youtube.