Fulton County Commissioners, Atlanta Hawks To Honor NBA Legend
ATLANTA—Former Atlanta Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo will be honored by Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman John H. Eaves, the Fulton County Commissioners and the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club for both his success on the basketball court and his humanitarian work away from the game. Mr. Mutombo will be presented with a proclamation from county leaders at a special reception at the Fulton County Government Center September 1, 2015. The honor comes just prior to Mr. Mutombo’s induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, September 11th.
“We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments and career of a man who excelled on the court and off,” said Chairman Eaves. “Dikembe Mutombo’s most significant legacy is away from basketball for his humanitarian work for those in need.”
“We are beyond proud to support Fulton County as they honor Dikembe. His excellence extended far beyond the court and he remains the perfect example of how an athlete can use their stature to make a positive difference through philanthropy in not only the community he lives in but the world,” Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and Philips Arena CEO Steve Koonin said. “We are fortunate to have had him represent the Hawks for several seasons and still make Fulton County his home.”
The event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 9 a.m. The celebration of Mr. Mutombo’s work takes place at: Fulton County Government Center Atrium, 141 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
A four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Mutombo played for the Atlanta Hawks from 1996 to 2001, leading the league in rebounding during his final two seasons in Atlanta. Since his career ended in 2009, Dikembe Mutombo is second all-time in blocks and the National Basketball Association’s 19th all-time rebounder. The Georgetown University graduate was selected as a member of the 2015 Basketball Hall of Fame class in April.
During his Hall of Fame career, he began devoting his time off the court to humanitarian pursuits through the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation and was a two-time recipient of the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. After retiring from basketball in 2009, Mutombo was appointed that same year as the NBA’s first Global Ambassador. A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, his charitable efforts resulted in the establishment and construction of the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in his hometown of Kinshasa. Mr. Mutombo is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Atlanta and he serves on the board of the CDC Foundation. He has devoted time and effort on behalf of numerous other causes worldwide including work for Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless, UNICEF, the National Constitution Center, and the Special Olympics, sponsoring a team from his homeland at that organization’s most recent world games.
“Dikembe has spent a lifetime parlaying his fame into efforts to make the lives of so many other people better,” says Fulton County Commission Chairman John H. Eaves. “That is why, here in his adopted hometown, we want to honor all that he has achieved in a remarkable life.”
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Brewer, Horford, Villanueva Takes Basketball Without Borders To Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO—The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced that Corey Brewer (Houston Rockets; U.S.), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks; Dominican Republic), and Charlie Villanueva (Dallas Mavericks; U.S.; parents from Dominican Republic) joined Luc Mbah a Moute (most recently with the Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon), as well as former NBA players Francisco Garcia (Dominican Republic national team), Tito Horford (Dominican Republic), and Felipe Lopez (former Dominican Republic national team player) to lead 51 campers from 18 North and South American countries at the first Basketball without Borders (BWB) Americas camp in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Aug. 16-19.
Melvin Hunt (Dallas Mavericks), Brett Gunning (Houston Rockets), Darvin Ham (Atlanta Hawks), Nick U’ren (Golden State Warriors), and Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches) will serve as BWB Americas 2015 camp coaches. Gersson Rosas (Houston Rockets) will be the camp director. Kevin Johnson (Philadelphia 76ers) and Ale Oliveira (Brooklyn Nets) will serve as the camp’s athletic trainers, and Matt Friia (Charlotte Hornets) will serve as strength and conditioning coach.
As part of BWB Americas 2015, the top players from around the world born in 1998 will have the opportunity to learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends, and coaches and to compete against the best players from North and South America.
BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has reached more than 2,400 campers from more than 125 countries and territories since 2001, with 37 campers drafted into the NBA. Twenty-two former BWB campers were on NBA rosters during the 2014-15 regular season, including 2015 NBA All-Star Marc Gasol.
This year BWB included the 13th BWB Africa camp in Johannesburg, South Africa July 29-Aug. 1 and a first-time camp in Gran Canaria, Spain June 2-5 as part of BWB Europe 2015.
In addition to working with the campers on the court, NBA and FIBA players and coaches will lead community outreach programs through NBA Cares, the league’s global social responsibility program. NBA Cares will refurbish two basketball courts in Santo Domingo at Club El Almirante, which is home to more than 200 youth. Along with Al Horford and his family, NBA and FIBA coaches will join volunteers at Centro Olimpico and Club El Almirante to host Jr. NBA clinics for local children, teaching the values of the game such as teamwork, leadership, respect and healthy living.
“The sport of basketball has afforded me many opportunities throughout my life,” said Al Horford. “It’s a privilege to return home to share the values of the game with the campers and work in the Dominican Republic.”
Additionally, “La Fundacion De Charlie Villanueva Basketball Camp” will host a basketball clinic in Villanueva’s family’s hometown of Cabrera, Dominican Republic.
The campers will be outfitted with the latest footwear and apparel from NIKE, a BWB global partner since 2002.
The second annual BWB Global Camp will be held during NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto and will bring together the top players from this summer’s BWB camps. The first BWB Global Camp was held during NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City.