Dikembe speaks at the University of Chicago and meets with Obama

On Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Dikembe Mutombo attended third annual Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, IL. Former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama returned to Chicago for this the two-day event which kicked off at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The summit featured civil rights activists and celebrities.

Later that day Dikembe spoke at the University of Chicago, Institute of Politics where he was featured on the popular podcast, “The Axe Files” hosted by David Axelrod. Axelrod is a former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and the current director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. Dikembe also took part in a  forum in front of students, faculty and the general public at the University of Chicago where he was interviewed by J.A. Adande, Director of Sports Journalism at Northwestern University and a regular panelist on ESPN’s Around The Horn.

DMF board members, Dr. Helene Gayle and Les Coney attended the event to show their support.

Congolese President visits Atlanta on official visit

On Friday, September 27, 2019 the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation welcomed Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, First Lady Denise Tshisekedi and their delegation (22 people) on their first official visit to the city of Atlanta.  The first stop was to The King Center as requested by President Tshisekedi. The King Library and Archives is the largest repository of primary source materials on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement in the world.  Mr. Martin Luther King, III welcomed the delegation to The King Center where President Tshisekedi and the First Lady placed a wreath at the crypt of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King.  Mr. King provided a private tour of Ebenezer Baptist Church and Freedom Hall for the official visitors.

On Saturday, September 28, 2019, Dikembe Mutombo accompanied the entire delegation to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) where they discussed the Ebola outbreak in the DRC and other important health related issues. Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of CDC led the 3 hour meeting. On Sunday afternoon, President Tshisekedi spoke to a cheering crowd of over 500 Congolese people living in Atlanta who had gathered inside the Cobb Galleria to hear remarks from the new President.

Beyond the Paint: Dikembe Mutombo

NBA TV’s Steve Smith sits down with Dikembe Mutombo to discuss what it’s taken to give hope to his homeland the Democratic Republic of Congo.


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TEDMED 2018 Welcomes 2 New Speakers

TEDMED 2018 announced the addition of two new speakers to its upcoming event in November: former NBA All-Star and philanthropist Dikembe Mutombo and industrial designer Kathleen O’Donnell.

O’Donnell’s focus is on discovering creative solutions to help return function and mobility to patients suffering from physical injuries or movement disorders.

Mutombo has shifted his efforts toward bolstering health care access and economic opportunities for his homeland, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and across the whole of Africa.

TEDMED 2018 is slated to kick off Nov. 14-16 in Palm Springs, California.

To find out more about the event, click here.

July 4th – Dikembe Mutombo spent the 4th of July in Nigeria

…along with French President Emmanuel Macron who was present at the official partnership between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) in Lagos, which is Nigeria’s largest city. The NBA and AFD plan to collaborate on and expand their mutual and longstanding commitment  in Africa by providing basketball equipment and training to youths and coaches and teaching life skills in selected African countries.

The NBA has a long history of engagement in Africa with 12 African-born players featured on NBA rosters at the start of the 2017/18 season. There are more than 80 current and former NBA players from Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, including Naismith Memorial Basketball, Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and of course Dikembe Mutombo of Democratic Republic of Congo.

President Macron said, “I believe in a win, win game. Let’s help Africa to succeed. Let’s provide new hope for African youth in Africa.

May 2017 – NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo was honored by the Harvard University Medical School for his ongoing humanitarian efforts and dedication to health care during the Global Health Catalyst Summit in Boston, MA.

The three-day summit, hosted by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School, brought together African ambassadors, ministers of health, celebrity cancer advocates and global health stakeholders to discuss cancer and examine its global effects on society. For years, Mutombo has dedicated his time to charities in the United States and across the world. The former NBA All-Star spends most of his time performing charity work and acts of kindness through his Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, included hosting and participating in opportunities to feed the homeless, speak to and mentor kids around the world, and raise awareness and support for countries in Africa. He often uses basketball as a teaching tool, conducting clinics while continuing his work with NBA Cares. Mutombo, a global ambassador who has worked closely with several international organizations to help better communities around the world, was recognized for his philanthropic work and establishing the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in his homeland, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The hospital, which has been operating since 2007, is one of the few in the area that offers services to patients with chronic illnesses and diseases such as cervical cancer.

October 2017 – At the invitation of Religions for Peace, Dikembe and Rose Mutombo traveled to Rome, Italy where Dikembe spoke at a session on Advancing Sustainable Development.

Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition working to stop war, help eliminate extreme poverty and protect the earth. The global RfP network includes a World Council of senior-most religious leaders, 5 regional councils (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Middle East-North Africa,) and more than 90 national councils.

NBA star Mutombo visits Augusta Boys and Girls Club

The message was clear, and it came from a 7-foot-2 NBA Hall of Famer.

“School, school, school, there’s nothing else,” said Dikembe Mutombo, the guest of Mayor Hardie Davis at Augusta’s Hagler Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday. “I don’t care if you’re being raised by your grandma, your auntie, your cousin, Mom and Dad, Mom, Dad – you still have to go to school. Do we understand that?”

While many of the boys attending the Boys and Girls Club camp Tuesday had their mind on basketball, Mutombo said school is more important.

“Your Plan B is your diploma – you’ve got to go to school,” he said.


Furthermore, Mutombo has used his platform to give back to the community, creating the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, which is “dedicated to improving the health, education, and quality of life for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” Through his Foundation, Mutombo built a hospital, the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital, named after his late mother, in his hometown, Kinshasa. Mutombo explained that he “was sick and tired of seeing young people die” and knew he had to do something. In the future, the Foundation plans to build an elementary school outside Kinshasa, with an emphasis on science and technology. Aside from the Foundation, Mutombo is on the board of the Special Olympics, a Global Ambassador for UNICEF, a NBA global ambassador, and speaks over nine languages.

Throughout his speech, Mutombo emphasized the idea of giving back to the community and leading by example. He summed this up beautifully in his closing statement regarding one’s legacy, stating, “Your legacy will be based on your behavior and contributions to human kind… The difference you are making in human society, which is how people will remember you… Leading by example, that is how people will remember you.”
Mutombo’s talk was made possible by Lawrenceville’s student-run Sports Business Club, led by President Tai Tatum ’19. “[Mr. Mutombo’s] visit took a lot of work and planning but he wanted to show Lawrenceville an example of a well-known athlete who followed his passion, mastered his craft, and made a global impact,” said Tatum.
For additional information, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.

The Graham Bensinger Show with Dikembe Mutombo

13th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball 2017

Dikembe and Rose Mutombo attended the 13th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball 2017 at Cipriani Wall Street on November 28, 2017 in New York City.  Photo: Dikembe Mutombo, Caryl M. Stern, Nicolas Hieronimus, Carol J. Hamilton speak onstage during the gala.  Dikembe presented a special award presentation to L’Oréal Luxe Group President, Carol J. Hamilton.

Forbes Global CEO Conference, Hong Kong

Dikembe is pictured with Janelle Kuah, Director, Events & Communications/Forbes Asia

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.