NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo was one of the distinguished speakers who provided a keynote address at this year’s HOPE Global Forum that happened on January 14 in Atlanta, Georgia. Over 1,500 attendees were anticipated at this year’s function and many people did show up in order to make it a very successful event for the HOPE event. The three-day forum is designed to transform and raise the attention bar for underserved communities across the world Those who got to attend were able to meet and engage with like-minded leaders show who know about how powerful the belief in new ideas is, and collaborate with them to build a strategy for their next endeavor.
The Congo born athlete originally got a scholarship for Georgetown University with the dream of becoming a doctor, and his education was sponsored under the United States Agency for International Development program. However, the university basketball coach at the time John Thompson recruited Mutombo to give basketball a shot. Being as that he is over seven feet tall there is no wonder as to why Thompson believed that he would be an amazing asset to the team. After college, Mutombo entered the 1991 NBA Draft and was selected in the first round by the Denver Nuggets with whom he stayed with for five seasons until 1996. Before he retired in 2009, the eight-time NBA All-Star player also played for the Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets.
Mutombo attended the HOPE Global Forum this year in Atlanta, Georgia that happened in the middle of last month. He was a huge draw for the hosts, because locals remember when the seven-foot basketball star played for them in their city. In addition to that, he had a lot to offer on his perspective of the world being that he started out in the African country of Congo.
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