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Brownback praises ex-NBA player for humanitarian work

Sen. Sam Brownback paid tribute to former NBA player Manute Bol for his humanitarian work. Bol moved to Johnson County, Kansas, in 2007, and died this past Saturday.

From AP:

Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback is praising the late Manute Bol as a hero for the former NBA player’s humanitarian work.

Brownback says Bol dedicated his life to making the world a better place. Bol died Saturday in Virginia, where he was being treated for kidney problems and a painful skin condition.

Bol played professional basketball for 10 years in the 1980s and 1990s. He moved to the Johnson County community of Olathe in 2007 and served on the advisory board of the group Sudan Sunrise, promoting peace in the African country where he was born.

Brownback praised Bol for his frequent charity missions to Sudan, where he worked with refugees and helped build schools.

The Kansas senator has been outspoken throughout his political career about atrocities in Sudan’s Darfur region.

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About Jonathan Shorman

A journalism student at The University of Kansas and columnist for The University Daily Kansan.

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