Dikembe Mutombo – Global Community Servant
Dikembe Mutombo hails from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 1987, Mutombo was the recipient of a USAID scholarship to attend Georgetown University, and he soon excelled both academically and in basketball. His 18 seasons as an NBA superstar culminated in Mutombo’s induction into the League’s coveted Hall of Fame and the responsibility of promoting the game as the first NBA Global Ambassador. Thanks to his heart, his vision, his insight and his tireless dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of others, Mutombo has leveraged his celebrity as an NBA superstar to become a well-known and much loved spokesman for the underserved especially those living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and throughout Africa.
Our conversation with Dikembe was genuinely inspirational …and humbling. Listen in to hear about:
- How the aspiring physician chose a different path, but still built a hospital that has treated over 600,000 patients
- How his middle name, Mpolondo, inspired a lifetime of achievement (It means “Warrior”)
- The ground-breaking for a K-12 school in Kinshasa that is named for his dad
- How he’s been able to garner so much support for his foundation
- Why serving on the board of the National Constitution Center is near and dear to his heart
It’s not at all difficult to understand why, while 99% of athlete-funded foundations fail, the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation is still going strong in its 23rd year.