The Lives of Great Men: Dikembe Mutombo, The Son of Congo

John Louie RamosSenior Writer IFebruary 21, 2009

Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo or simply Dikembe Mutombo,

What makes the man?

Inside the basketball court he's a ferocious defender and an atrocious rebounder. He's been defensive player of the year four times and he's an eight time all-star.

He's a 7'2", 260lbs giant, but beneath his Incredible-hulk-like body frame is a devoted humanitarian and a truly inspiring individual.

Mutombo's efforts outside of basketball should not be taken for granted.

In April 2006, the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation in association of Medical Missions for Children launch Biamba Marie Mutombo Research and Teaching Hospital at Kinshasa, Dominican Republic of Congo.

The hospital has been designed to be do research and developments that will served as a basis to develop more hospitals in Africa.

His endeavors also includes being a spokesman for the international relief agency, CARE (relief) and is the first Youth Emissary for the United Nations Development Program.

In honor of his humanitarianism, Mutombo has received several distinctions and awards. He was named one of the "Good Guy in Sports" in 1999 and 2000 by the Sporting News and also was elected as one of the 20 recipients of the Presidents Service Award.

Perhaps no other athlete can surpass Mutombo's community works.

Above all he is a good father to his six children, a good husband to his wife Rose, and a good son of his native Congo.