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.
NBA STAR & HUMANITARIAN DIKEMBE MUTOMBO VISITS SCHOOL
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.