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Press Release: Manute Bol, Tallest Player In NBA History, To Take Part In Charity Event At DeSales, Sat., Oct. 25
Date: 10/16/2003


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Manute Bol, Tallest Player In NBA History, To Take Part In Charity Event At DeSales, Sat., Oct. 25

Program includes photo and autograph session with Manute Bol. Meteorologist Bill Henley, of NBC 10 in Philadelphia, will host an auction of sports and other rare items. Proceeds benefit "The Ring True Foundation" and "Lost Boys of Sudan."

Center Valley, PA (October 15, 2003) -- A charity event featuring Manute Bol, the 7' 7" Dinka tribesman, who went from tending cattle in a Sudanese village to playing in the NBA, will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, in Billera Hall at DeSales University. The program is sponsored by the Sports Management Society at DeSales and will include a talk by Bol, a photo and autograph session, and an auction of sports memorabilia and other rare items.

Admission is $20 for the general public and $13 for full-time students and children. Refreshments will be provided. Proceeds will benefit "The Ring True Foundation," established by Bol to assist the victims of war and chaos in Sudan. Bol has shared much of his own wealth and support to help those in need.

The auction of sports memorabilia and other rare items will feature: one-of-a-kind Manute Bol ice skates and hockey stick, from his one-time appearance with the Indianapolis Ice; autographed NBA jersey from Detroit Pistons' Richard Hamilton; autograph from Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki; autographed poster of skateboarder Tony Hawk; an autograph of Jerry West, Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famer, now executive with Memphis Grizzlies; Five for Fighting autographed CD; a rare Beatles lithograph, and a Sparky Anderson autograph. Bill Henley, meteorologist on NBC 10 in Philadelphia, will host the auction.

Bol, the tallest player in NBA history, played one year of basketball at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, before going on to play 11 seasons in the NBA with the Washington Bullets, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors and the Miami Heat. He is considered by many to be the best shot-blocker in the history of the NBA.

During his basketball career, Bol made millions of dollars from contracts and commercial endorsements. He has shared his wealth and support with those who have suffered during the civil war between the Islamic Fundamentalist Sudanese government and Manute's Christian tribe in the south. Manute has appeared before the U.S. Congress and brokered a peace treaty to end the conflict in his native land.

For more information, contact Bill Murphy '05, at bm00@desales.edu or Pierre La Rocco '06, at (610) 282-1100, ext. 7041.


Press Release: Manute Bol, Tallest Player In NBA History, To Take Part In Charity Event At DeSales, Sat., Oct. 25 | Posted on: 10/16/2003

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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