Dominique Wilkins, former Atlanta Hawks and NBA Hall of Famer will speak on diabetes prevention and wellness at the West Broad Street YMCA on Monday, May 16 at 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public thanks to sponsorship by Novo Nordisk.
The event will be hosted by local celebrity Kim Gusby. Local talent including AWOL’s Act Up Theater and Performing Arts Troupe, Abeni Cultural Arts, The Small Ensemble, Outstanding Gentlemen’s Club Step Troupe, and Brittny Hargrove will rock the house!
After a long successful journey with the Hawks, Dominique retired as #21 from the Hawks in 1994, being only one of three Atlanta Hawks to have his jersey (#21) retired. He would later join the LA Clippers
1994), Boston Celtics
1994-95), San Antonio Spurs (1996-97) and Orlando Magic (1998). During his career, Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All- Star, a two-time NBA Slam Dunk Champion and named to the All NBA first team. His incredible dunks and aerial acrobatics earned him the nickname
The Human Highlight Film.”
It was no surprise when Dominique joined the basketballs legends with his entry into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame’s inaugural class in 2005, and Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
In 2000, Dominique learned of a number that for the first time he didn’t want so high. “My mouth was always dry. I felt tired. My vision was blurry and I had to use the restroom more often than usual.” So, he went to his doctor and found out shocking news that he had type 2 diabetes. Dominique’s sugar level was 350-375. It should have been under 120.
Currently, Dominique serves as the Hawks’ Vice President of Basketball, a position he has held for the past five years. After being diagnosed with diabetes, Dominique has become an active member in the diabetes community in hopes of educating and raising awareness about the disease.
Dominique has teamed up with Novo Nordisk, the world’s leading diabetes care company to help change the way people think about living with diabetes.
He wants people to understand that they can live with diabetes if they make changes in their life. “I feel better because of those lifestyles changes I have made. It’s been a wonderful ride since then,” he says.
The event starts at 6:30 pm and is free to the public. Call 912 233 1951 for more information.