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Feb. 23, 2015

Scuba for Diabetes set for natatorium March 1

By Michael Stotts

Underwater Dive Center, Inc. of Elyria, The Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland, the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland and Verizon Wireless will sponsor the 17th Annual Scuba for Diabetes Sunday, March 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Clevland State University's Robert F. Busbey Natatorium.

The sponsors are planning to raise $15,000 to help spread awareness of and education about the disease in the Greater Cleveland area.

Proceeds will go toward Camp Ho Mita for children with diabetes and further educational programs in Greater Cleveland.

The goal of each diving team is to put together one of eight giant 220-piece puzzles underwater in an hour.

Divers 10 years old and above can participate in pairs or four-man teams with a limit of 150 divers for the event. All participants must sign waivers and validation cards.

Divers will need to bring their own gear, including tanks and soft weights. They can acquire a free tank rental and 50 percent of all other rentals from Underwater Dive Center, Inc., but reservations are required.

The minimum donation is $100 to participate. Each diver will receive a SCUBA for Diabetes T-shirt and a certificate for a free air fill at one of the participating dive shops.

Cleveland State's Robert F. Busbey Natatorium at 240 Chester Ave. is a 1,500-seat facility that features a 933,000-gallon, 16.5-feet deep pool. The pool also has underwater speakers and six underwater windows for diver safety and viewing by spectators.

Contact Lori Izeman of the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland at 216-591-0800, or visit the website at for more information.