OCU Basketball Joins Dominique Wilkins at Dunk for Diabetes Event

COLUMBUS, OH - Members of the OCU Men's Basketball Team took part in the 2012 Dunk for Diabetes event on Saturday afternoon.  The event was hosted by the Central Ohio YMCA and was headlined by NBA Hall of Famer, Dominique Wilkins.

OCU players James Nelson, Trey Vaughan, and Aaron Curtis all took part in the slam dunk contest which was judged by a panel of celebrity judges, including Wilkins who was a two time NBA Slam Dunk Champion in 1985 and 1990.

Nelson and Vaughan both earned scores of 7.0 from the 9 time NBA All-Star.  Aaron Curtis brought the crowd to their feet with a dunk that was scored an 8.0 by Wilkins.

Wilkins has been on a crusade since retirement to combat the threat of diabetes.  Dominique himself lives with Type-2 diabetes, a chronic disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. His father and grandfather both died of diabetes.

Wilkins never knew he had diabetes during his playing career, thinking that early signs of shaking, sweating and low energy were normal post-game woes.  Then, they occurred after his playing days.

“When your life slows down, you find out you’re mortal,” Wilkins said.  “Diabetes is not a roadblock,” he said, “just an obstacle in the road.”