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October 14, 2013

NBA Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins coming to Falls — to cook

Students from the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute will compete to turn Hall of Fame basketball legend Dominique Wilkins’ favorite Southern-style dinner into a healthy option during a special event Tuesday.

Wilkins, who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after his playing career, will speak about his life with diabetes and how he combats the illness with fitness and nutrition prior to the cooking demonstration. 

The event, set for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the culinary institute, 28 Old Falls St., is being presented by the Independent Health Foundation.

Wilkins, Mayor Paul Dyster and Niagara County Community College President Dr. James Klyczek will participate in cooking demonstration with students from the culinary institute

Known as “The Human Highlight Film” during his playing days, Dominique Wilkins is the most celebrated player to ever put on an Atlanta Hawks uniform. A nine-time NBA All-Star and two-time winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Wilkins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. 


Having been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at age 40, he now serves as a Novo Nordisk Diabetes Ambassador who is committed to living a healthy and active life with diabetes and helping others do the same.

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