Meet Dominique Wilkins

imagesDominique Wilkins is a legendary professional basketball player who began his career playing for the Atlanta Hawks. Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and one of the all-time elite scoring machines in NBA history, living up to his college nickname “The Human Highlight Film.” In 2006, Wilkins’ career was immortalized and celebrated with his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Dominique was instrumental in the Hawks’ prominence in the 1980s, when the club recorded four consecutive 50-win seasons during the decade. A nine-time NBA All-Star and the winner of two NBA slam dunk contests; Wilkins registered 26,668 points and 7,169 rebounds in his illustrious NBA career. As a basketball player he was known as an acrobatic scorer, an outstanding finisher and one of the greatest dunkers in NBA history. His #21 jersey was retired by the Hawks on January 13, 2001.

Dominique currently serves as the Hawks’ Vice President of Basketball Operations, where he transfers his basketball passion and knowledge to the next generation of elite NBA athletes.

His passion doesn’t stop at basketball though. Dominique’s true calling came from an unexpected diagnosis of Type II Diabetes 13 years ago at the age of 40. Being an elite athlete, the shock lead to denial, but the true heart and drive that made him a legend on the court led him to take action and change his lifestyle in every sense. Dominique has become consumed as an active member in the diabetes community educating and raising awareness of the disease. As a living example of how to not only maintain but thrive with the diagnosis, Dominique teamed up with Novo Nordisk to help change the way people think about living with diabetes. He tours the country speaking his passion helping people understand the disease, how to face it with courage and how to test, diagnose and flourish through diet, exercise and most importantly a positive drive and determination. In 2010, Georgia State Legislators presented Dominique with a State Resolution naming him the Diabetes Ambassador for the great state.

Most recently, Wilkins released the first of his private label wines under the Wilkins Private Reserve label. The wines, which are featured in select restaurants in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast, have received excellent reviews from wine critics. Wilkins took an interest in fine wines while playing professionally in Italy at the end of his career and lists owning a private label as one of his long time goals.