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 NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins will talk about his life with Type 2 diabetes during a presentation Monday, Oct. 7 at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.
Nine-time NBA All-Star and one of the best dunkers in NBA history Dominique Wilkins is coming to the Black Hills State University campus Monday, Oct. 7 to talk about his life since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Wilkins’ presentation titled “Leading the Way: On the Court, in the Community, and in Life” will take place at 5:45 p.m. in the BHSU Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center gymnasium. The retired basketball Hall of Famer will talk about his denial, acceptance and motivation to live a healthy and active life with diabetes.

“I hope people gain an understanding that Type 2 diabetes can happen to anyone, even elite individuals,” said Michael Wiblishauser, assistant professor of health education. Wilkins presentation is being held in conjunction with a health fair sponsored by Spearfish Regional Hospital. The fair is from 3-7 p.m. at the Young Center and will include free blood pressure readings, nutrition education and information, diabetes education, and sexual assault prevention and education.

Wilkins, nicknamed “The Human Highlight Film” because of his slam dunk ability, is part of a team of well-known people from athletes to actors who serve as ambassadors for Novo Nordisk, a Danish pharmaceutical company that manufactures diabetes drugs. The ambassador program is a way to spread awareness about the disease.

Wilkins will talk about the importance of maintaining the disease through diet, exercise and medication.

The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the BHSU School of Behavioral Sciences, Novo Nordisk and Spearfish Regional Hospital. For more information contact Wiblishauser at 605-642-6433 or Michael.Wiblidshauser@BHSU.edu