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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Dikembe:
Dikembe Mutombo grew up in Africa, amid great poverty and disease. He came to Georgetown University on a scholarship to study medicine — but Coach John Thompson got a look at Dikembe and had a different idea. Dikembe became a star in the NBA, and a citizen of the United States. But he never forgot the land of his birth — or the duty to share his blessings with others. He has built a brand new hospital in his hometown. A friend has said of this good-hearted man: “Mutombo believes that God has given him this opportunity to do great things.” And we are proud to call this son of the Congo our fellow American.
Now, I dunno—but it strikes me that getting a scholarship to be a doctor and throwing it out to ball is kind... well... against the point of scholarships or something. Is building a hospital really the same thing as becoming a doctor and moving back among your people?

3 comments:

Bench & Ler said...

Not that I necessarly agree with this, but one could argue that the millions of dollars he has earned in the NBA and then theoretically dontated to his hometown have had a bigger effect that if he was a doctor is whole life. Just sayin'...

Bench & Ler said...

PS: Moacir, are you too good for headings and double spacing?

Moacir said...

it ain't all about the benjis. I don't know how to double space.