Oct. 16, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech athletics welcomed Ryder Pitt and Bradley and William Pugh to The Flats last week to celebrate its partnership with the Pugh-Pitt Platoon for the 2017 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation One Walk, which will be held Saturday.
Ryder (first grade), Bradley (third grade) and William (fifth grade) are the sons of Georgia Tech alumni and all three live with Type 1 diabetes, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, leaving people dependent on multiple daily injections of insulin for life.
Current Georgia Tech student-athletes Ashley Askin (volleyball/senior) and Matthew Jordan (football/RS junior) also live with Type 1 diabetes, and as part of its commitment to these extraordinary student-athletes, Tech athletics has joined forces with the Pugh-Pitt Platoon for the JDRF One Walk to combat Type 1 diabetes.
As part of their day on The Flats, the three boys met Askin and Jordan to share stories and learn from one another about being a student-athlete on the Division I level and living with Type I diabetes. The boys, accompanied by their parents and GT mascot Buzz, ate lunch with student-athletes in the Edge Center and made their way over baseball, basketball and football practices.
The 2017 JDRF One Walk is set for Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center. Those interested in joining Georgia Tech athletics and the Pugh-Pitt Platoon in the fight against Type 1 diabetes are invited to donate or get more information on the JDRF One Walk here .