Former NBA center Manute Bol passed away from kidney failure and a rare skin disease in a Virginia hospital earlier today. At 7’7, Bol attracted more attention for his height than his playing ability. Nonetheless, he used his 10 years of NBA service to benefit his native Sudan. Bol’s humanitarian efforts are well-documented. He was working toward building 41 schools across Sudan when he died. The Washington Post provides an extended account of his life and times here. Manute Bol was a rare athlete – a man whose talents actually made the world a better place. Manute means ‘special blessing’ in Sudanese. He certainly lived up to his name. Until next time…
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