At seven foot, six inches tall, Manute Bol was a big man on the basketball court. As a former NBA star who gave away nearly all of his life’s earnings, he was an even bigger man off the basketball court.
Manute Bol passed away a few days ago, at the young age of 47, having spent half his life using the money he made in America to fund philanthropic causes in his native Sudan.
“Overwhelmed by an amount of wealth unheard of where he came from,” reports The Huffington Post, “Bol dedicated his life to charitable endeavors.”
After immigrating to the United States in 1982, Bol was drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1985, and enjoyed a productive 10-year NBA career. Bol returned to his homeland often while playing, and even more frequently after retiring from pro ball.
He was involved in a number of philanthropic causes, including the Alliance for the Lost Boys (along with What Is the What author Dave Eggers, and current Sudanese-born NBA star Luol Deng), and the Sudan Sunrise Foundation.
He will be missed.