Monday, August 14, 2006

Go Deke Go!

This is one of the best stories I've read in a while:

Dikembe Mutombo will fulfill a lifelong dream soon, opening a hospital in the Congo named for his late mother.

The Houston Rockets center, who donated $15 million to the project, will open the doors to the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center on Sept. 2. The 300-bed hospital will provide health care to people in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Mutombo was born.
I first heard about Deke's project on 60 Minutes on ESPN Classic. I'm glad to know that his dream is coming true.

Mutumbo is often at the forefront of humanitarian efforts. He frequently treks to Zaire, DR of Congo and other African nations to donates his time, money and effort in order to improve the dire conditions there.

Nowadays it seems there's 10 negative stories about professional athletes for every positive one. It's nice to be reminded of the goodwill some of these folks have.

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