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Former NBA Star Manute Bol a Warrior On and Off The Court

1988:  Manute Bol #10 of the Golden State Warriors walks to the court during an NBA game in the 1988-89 season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
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Daniel CarronContributor IOctober 29, 2016

Manute Bol was an amazing, dedicated, passionate, caring, tireless activist. Oh, he also played 10 years in the NBA. Standing at 7 feet, 7 inches tall, his heart was his biggest attribute.

Bol’s accomplishments could be listed as this: first in career blocks per 48 minutes, second in career blocks per game average, and fourteenth in total blocked shots.

But those statistics don’t do his life justice. His accomplishments reach far beyond the basketball court.

He spent most of his money on charity. He was a common visitor at Sudanese refugee camps. He established The Ring True Foundation. He ran a basketball school in Cairo. (Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng was one of the students.)

Manute Bol passed away this June, but his legacy lives on. The name Manute means “special blessing.” Destiny achieved.

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