June 26, 2010

Manute Bol's funeral to be held at National Cathedral

WASHINGTON - The funeral for former NBA player and humanitarian for Sudan, Manute Bol, will be held at Washington National Cathedral on Tuesday, June 29, at 10am. The service will be open to the public and press. Representatives from Bol's family and foundation, Sudan Sunrise will be in attendance. Bol died June 19th at age 47 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. According to the Associated Press, Bol battled with severe kidney problems and a painful skin condition.

Bol, who was seven feet, six inches, tall played 10 seasons in the NBA. He was drafted by the Washington Bullets (later renamed the Washington Wizards) in 1985, where he played until he was traded to the Golden State Warriors just before the 1988-89 season. Bol spent his later years working as an advisory board member of Sudan Sunrise, which promotes reconciliation in his native Sudan. Sudan Sunrise, a not-for-profit, non-denominational organization, is a movement of Americans, Sudanese and others to facilitate reconciliation and solidarity between Southern Sudanese Christians, Darfurian Muslims and all Sudanese. SOURCE: FOX DC

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