Growing up in Kinshasa, capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Dikembe Mutombo didn’t see a great future for himself. He desperately wanted to become a doctor, but he knew the road would be a hard one.
Eventually, through hard work in his studies, he achieved an American scholarship to study medicine at Georgetown University in Washington DC. That’s when his life took an unexpected and dramatic turn.
Soon after graduation he was spotted by talent scouts and given the chance to play professional basketball. His career took off and, over the years, he played for pro teams in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Houston, Texas.
Now retired after a brilliant 18-year career he uses his celebrity and financial security to give back to his native land. He has created a foundation to improve the lives of people in the DRC. As well, he has personally funded half the cost of a 150-bed state-of-the-art hospital in Kinshasa.