All About Dikembe
Chairman and President
Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Inc.
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. Since leaving the NBA, Mutombo has become a full-time advocate and ambassador for making sure that people in need will have access to the health services and educational and economic opportunities necessary to live better lives and for their children to grow strong and become healthy productive members of their communities. Fluent in nine languages, including five African languages, Mutombo founded the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation in 1997 whose mission is to improve the health, education and quality of life for the people in the Congo. One major project of his Foundation was the construction of the Biamba Marie Mutombo hospital in the capital city of Kinshasa. The 170 bed hospital named in memory of his mother opened in December 2007 and to date almost 500,000 men, women and children have been treated there. Absolutely no one is turned away for an inability to pay.
Mutombo also serves on the board of the National Constitution Center, Special Olympics International, the CDC Foundation and the National Board for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Rose and their three children.
Mutombo is the Chairman and President of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation
which he created in 1997. Located in Atlanta, Georgia the Foundation’s mission is to improve the health, education and quality of life for the people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Susan M. Johnson has been the Executive Director since 1998.
Houston Harvey Relief Fund receives $50,000 donation from Rockets legend Dikembe Mutombo
HOUSTON — Former Rockets player and eight-time NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo donated $50,000 to aid the city with Harvey relief efforts during a press conference Friday afternoon at Houston City Hall.
Mayor Sylvester Turner accepted the donation check with gratitude and distinguished Mutombo as one of several retired and still active athletes who have stepped up to support residents still struggling months after the storm. He said the former player, who has become well-known for his humanitarian work, has been an asset to the Houston community for years.
“When I saw [Mutombo] not too long ago, he said two things,” Turner said. “He was going to come visit me here at city hall…and the other thing was that he wanted to help out with the local relief fund.”
Mutombo shared just a few words, crediting the city’s support for his success. Among his accomplishments, Mutombo has built a much-needed $29 million hospital in his homeland, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He said numerous Houston businesses, organizations and locals continue to contribute to the hospital’s operations.
“When the hurricane came in, I knew that we all had to do something,” Mutombo said. “As one of the proverbs says when there is a problem effecting one part of the society, it should be a responsibility of every human being living there and of everyone living on this planet.”
As we transition to 2018, thousands of Houstonians continue to recover from the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey.