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.
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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.

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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.