Bismack Biyombo, returning to the NBA after a year as a free agent, has announced he will donate the entire $1.3 million value of his contract to the construction of a hospital in his home town in Congo.
Taking last season off to care for his sick father, who passed away in August of 2021, Biyombo said he became aware of just how fortunate he was simply to be able to bring his father to the hospital. The construction will be carried out through the Bismack Biyombo Foundation, which uses the star’s success as an NBA player to help those in the DR Congo. During the early pandemic, the Foundation delivered $1 million in medical supplies to hospitals across the country.
The story is remarkably similar to that of Atlanta Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo, who donated $2 million of his NBA earnings toward the building of a planned $44 million hospital and medical center in his home town of Kinshasa, Congo in 1998. The donation was made through the Dikemebe Mutombo Foundation.