RIP Manute Bol

Former NBA center, Manute Bol, passed away yesterday.

Editorial, Sport /

23 June 2010

 

manute-bolManute Bol held a special place in my heart. He was almost a tragic figure – seen as a joke amongst many basketball fans – a 7’7″ freak of nature. This Dinka tribesman made the impossible journey from war-torn southern Sudan to somehow play basketball in the NBA. What I admired most about Manute however was how he gave back. Like his fellow African counterpart, Dikembe Mutumbo, Manute Bol worked tirelessly to help foment change back home often to the detriment of his own financial security.

RIP Manute – you entertained me and reminded me of how lucky those of us in the U.S. are when compared to the hardships endured by those throughout much of the world.

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