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Today would have been Manute Bol’s 50th birthday. Read Jordan Conn’s moving portrait of the Sudanese shot-blocker in The Defender.
Sunrise Sudan, an advocacy group dedicated to furthering educational opportunities and reconciliation efforts in South Sudan, spent June remembering Manute Bol, the basketball star and humanitarian activist profiled in The Defender.
“I want to enable kids to go to school here, between Muslims, Darfurians, Sudanese and the other countries,” Bol said in a YouTube video made before his death. “If they live around here and want to go to school here, they can go to school here. And I think that would be the best thing that I did for my people.”