Inside Finish Line at West Towne Mall on a sunny, blustery Monday afternoon, Tim Collins purchases a pair of black Air Jordan basketball shoes. At 47, he said he stays in shape by playing sports, especially basketball and softball.
The shoes cost $64, but Collins will only have to cover $14. The other $50 he earned by completing Project POWER, a program introduced by the American Diabetes Association.
Aimed at curbing diabetes in the African-American community, Project POWER trains interested community members in how to prevent and manage the illness. Community members then go back to their neighborhoods as "Project POWER Ambassadors" to hold one-to-2 hour classes once a week for six weeks.
Classes are free for anyone interested in joining.