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Dikembe Mutombo to be Honored at NBA Awards for Humanitarian Work in Congo

Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Awards

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.

“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.”

 The NBA Awards on TNT will air on June 25.

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