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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bishop Carmody goes for 7 in a row tonight

By Mike Baird

Church and state unite to fight diabetes to raise awareness and funds

CORPUS CHRISTI — Bishop Edmond Carmody will face Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi on the racquetball court at 6 p.m. Thursday at Omni Bayfront Racquetball Court to raise awareness for diabetes.

Church and State Unite to Fight Diabetes tickets are $5 and will benefit American Diabetes Association to help the more than 40,000 people in Nueces County living with the disease.

The 75-year-old religious leader is undefeated in the past six annual contests, having bested a former sheriff, mayor, police chief and city councilman among others.

Hunter has said he has never played racquetball, but insiders say he is a formidable tennis player with hand-eye coordination. He has Type 2 diabetes and works to control it with diet and exercise, yet said he expects to join the ranks of the Bishop’s previously defeated opponents.

Carmody, who plays to win and is well known for his skill on the court, has used the competition for his charge to decrease the impact of diabetes on the community.

“The important thing is getting people with diabetes to be aware of the need to take care of themselves,” Carmody said in August. “We’re trying to sensitize people to the danger of diabetes, so we can be more successful in eradicating it.”

In 2008, Carmody thwarted then-City Councilman Mike Hummell so severely in the first two games that a third match wasn’t needed. The year before Carmody had former Police Chief Bryan Smith pleading for mercy, beating him in the first game 15-0. Other victims include Jesse Garcia with Citgo Refinery, former Sheriff Larry Olivarez, former Mayor Henry Garrett and JJ Gottsch, president of Corpus Christi Hooks.

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