Sign in
View: Mobile | Desktop
FOLLOW US:  Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn  RSS
Men Women
Sudan Internationally
Join Us!!! We are looking for someone to help us cover Sudanese basketball. Please send us an e-mail.
Middle East

Manute Bol wants to build school in native Sudan - Aug 30, 2008

  follow us on Facebook Twitter

Manute Bol
When Manute Bol (231-C-62, college: Bridgeport) unfolds his 7-foot-7 frame from a Cadillac Escalade and walks into a suburban Kansas City restaurant, eyes turn and people openly gawk.

Bol is oblivious to the stares after a lifetime of towering over everyone around him. He considers his height a gift from God, one that gave him a way out of his native Sudan and brought him fame and fortune in the NBA. Now he wants to give back by helping to build a school in the village where he was raised.

Bol, who didn't attend school as a child, understands that a quality education is the key to building a better future, for individuals and countries. It is why he moved to Olathe with his wife and four sons a year ago.

'I like it here,'' Bol said. 'It's quiet. I like my neighbors, people are very nice and my kids can get a good education.''

He wants children in his village to have the same opportunity.

That is why under the auspices of Sudan Sunrise, a Lenexa-based group that promotes reconciliation in Sudan, he is leading an effort to build a school in Turalei.

'If you don't have education, people go in a bad way,'' Bol said. 'This is what I want in southern Sudan, for everyone to go to school.''

Besides providing education, Bol says the school could further another goal close to his heart - reconciliation between Christians in southern Sudan and Muslims in northern Sudan. Many of the Muslims now suffering in Darfur and neighboring Chad were soldiers who inflicted so much pain on southern Christians during the civil war that ended in 2005.

Sudan has never been far from Bol's heart, even after he arrived in the U.S. in 1983 to play basketball. He played for the University of Bridgeport before embarking on a 10-year NBA career in which he averaged 3.3 blocks, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 points in 624 career games with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami.

As he became famous as a shot-blocking specialist who sometimes hit 3-pointers, Bol lobbied Washington lawmakers to help stop the bloody civil war that raged in southern Sudan at the time, killing more than 2 million people and creating 4 million refugees.

Bol gave an estimated $3.5 million to relatives, many of whom were leaders in the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army, a rebel movement. After retiring from the NBA in 1994, he was detained in Sudan during one of his visits and had to escape with the help of friends in Connecticut.

Since the war ended, Bol has returned to Sudan several times. It was on a trip home in February of this year that he decided to try and help build a school in Turalei. Like most of southern Sudan, Turalei is still trying to recover from the war, during which it was destroyed and most of its citizens killed.

Courtesy of  

Majok Majok
Majok Majok (ex United) signs at Saints - 9 days ago
MAJOK MAJOK Defending champion Wellington Saints (NBL) landed 25-year old Australian-Sudanese forward Majok Majok (206-111kg-92, college: Ball State). He played recently at played at United in Australian NBL league. Majok has played there for the last three years. In 22 NBL games he averaged just 2.7ppg and 2.7rpg this season. Majok helped them to win the league title. The last season he played also at United where in 28 NBL games he had 5.7ppg and 5.9rpg. Among other achievements Majok...   [read more]
Syracuse basketball recruiting moves onto 7-1 center Majur Majak from Sudan - 6 months ago
Even before Nate Roberts announced that he would attend the University of Washington, the Syracuse coaches had been quietly increasing their pursuit of another big man prospect. While Roberts, a 6-foot-11 forward from Brewster Academy, did wind up picking Washington over Syracuse and Nebraska, the Orange coaches are interested in an intriguing recruit from Sudan by way of New Jersey. Majur Majak(7'1''-C/F), a 7-foot-1 senior center, has become the subject of Syracuse's recruiting efforts,...   [read more]

Peter Jok
Phoenix Suns waive Jok - 6 months ago
Phoenix Suns (NBA) waived 23-year old Sudanese guard Peter Jok (198-91kg-94, college: Iowa). Jok has never been drafted by the NBA. He just graduated from University of Iowa and it is his first season as a pro. Jok was voted All-Big Ten 1st Team in 2017 at his college time. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in NBA   [read more]

1 | 2 | 3
1 | 2 | 3

Site Map: Member Services: Other Basketball Sites:
Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer

Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.