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Dikembe Mutombo: A foreign path to triumph

Former Georgetown basketball star left the Congo to achieve education and career but returned as philanthropist


Dikembe Mutombo
Chairman, president and founder of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation

Hometown: Kinshasa, Congo

Current city: Atlanta

School: Bachelor’s degree in linguistics and diplomacy, Georgetown University, 1991

Sport: Basketball

Fun fact: Mutombo never picked up a basketball until his late teens.

Dikembe Mutombo is one of the NCAA’s 2016 Silver Anniversary Award winners honored as a distinguished former student-athlete 25 years removed from the end of his college playing career. Click here to read more about Mutombo’s path to success before, during and after his time as a college athlete at Georgetown University.