Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo will be honored with the Sager Strong Award at the NBA Awards on TNT, Turner and the NBA announced in a press release on Tuesday.
The award, named after Turner sports sideline reporter Craig Sager, who died in 2016, is given “to an individual who has been a trailblazer while exemplifying courage, faith, compassion and grace.”
Besides being one of the NBA’s defensive players, Mutombo is well known for his humanitarian work. He created the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, which worked diligently in advancing the quality of life for people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he was born.
In 2007, his organization opened the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital, which has treated almost a quarter of a million patients.
#EBONYcelebrates Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer @officialmutombo! He's the recipient of this year’s Sager Strong Award at the @NBAonTNT Awards June 25th! #BlackExcellence pic.twitter.com/YuhqMNgQRG
— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) May 22, 2018
“I am truly honored to receive the Sager Strong Award from [the NBA] I can only hope to live up to the reputation of Craig Sager who embodied strength, dignity, respect and of course great style,” he said. “Thanks to my family for their continued support.”
Dikembe Mutombo (@officialmutombo): "I am truly honored to receive the Sager Strong Award from @nba. I can only hope to live up to the reputation of Craig Sager who embodied strength, dignity, respect and of course great style. Thanks to my family for their continued support." pic.twitter.com/xG0O8i7Ze7
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) May 22, 2018
The NBA Awards on TNT will air on June 25.
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