A straight cut and paste here, as Mutombo’s great off-court actions should be recognized:
He plans to build a hospital near Kinshasa, where he grew up. He now plays basketball with one thought: earning as much as he can to see that the 300-bed Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital (named for his mother) becomes a reality after nine years of relentless work. He has given more than $15 million of his own money. And that’s not all he’s done. He paid for the Congolese women’s basketball team’s trip to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, as well as the track team’s uniforms and expenses. He consistently sends both medicine and medical equipment to his homeland, where life expectancy is 45 to 47 years, compared to 79 years in the United States.
And he’s not the only player involved:
Mutombo estimates he has traveled in excess of 500,000 miles on hospital-related business. Several NBA team owners and coaches and a host of opposing players have contributed money to help complete the hospital. Mutombo’s teammate Houston forward Juwan Howard contributed $100,000 and plans to be on hand at the opening-day ceremony, along with several other players.
He’s come a long way since Georgetown, when he yelled out in a bar: “Who wants to sex Mutombo?!”