1. Manute Bol was NBA’s first African-born player the first African-born player drafted into the NBA. At 7”7’ Bol is still the tallest man to ever play in the NBA, but he’s more than just an athlete:

"Bol lived a life befitting a man of such an outsized body. At any given moment, you could find him on a basketball court or a television screen, in a congressional meeting or a war zone, in a hut or a mansion. He sometimes gambled. He often boozed. No matter the backdrop, he always worked to ensure that those around him were happy. In time his bonds with his teammates on the court, winning games and entertaining fans, would be replaced by one with a young man from his war-torn village, fighting to educate their people and free their homeland. But every moment, he was meticulously crafting the legend of Manute Bol."

Read “The Defender” by Jordan Conn.

    Manute Bol was NBA’s first African-born player the first African-born player drafted into the NBA. At 7”7’ Bol is still the tallest man to ever play in the NBA, but he’s more than just an athlete:

    "Bol lived a life befitting a man of such an outsized body. At any given moment, you could find him on a basketball court or a television screen, in a congressional meeting or a war zone, in a hut or a mansion. He sometimes gambled. He often boozed. No matter the backdrop, he always worked to ensure that those around him were happy. In time his bonds with his teammates on the court, winning games and entertaining fans, would be replaced by one with a young man from his war-torn village, fighting to educate their people and free their homeland. But every moment, he was meticulously crafting the legend of Manute Bol."



    Read “The Defender” by Jordan Conn.

  2. 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.”

    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.”

  3. Sudan: Fresh Scars on the Body Politic →

    The Defender is about Manute Bol, the 7’7” Sudanese NBA basketball star who worked until his death to make things better in his home country. We released the story the same day Sudanese voted for independence. The struggles continue.