On the court Dikembe Mutombo was known for his domineering 7 ft 2″ stature and his shot-blocking prowess. For ten years he played for several NBA teams and he was named the Defensive Player of the Year four times. However Mutombo’s proudest accomplishment has been his commitment to improving the welfare of underprivileged communities in Africa.
In his native Congo, he has built the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Centre to provide healthcare to close to 3 million people. His 1999 campaign for the eradication of Polio in Kinshasa led to 8.2 million children being vaccinated. Without hesitation he extends his generosity to refugee camps in Somalia and at-risk- communities across the US.
At the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative, I sat down with Mutombo to discuss why it is important to give back. http://youtu.be/VyyYf09ORio