- Category : Sports-Basketball
- Type : PE
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Maya 3
American pro basketball player.
The 7 foot 7 inch NBA center came to the US in 1984 as a Dinka tribesman from Sudan to play basketball. He blocked more shots per minute than anyone else in league history during 11 seasons with four teams.
He began his career when a cousin spotted his potential and brought him to the US to play for one season at the University of Bridgeport. Bol then went to the minor leagues and played for the Rhode Island Gulls, establishing records for his blocking. After playing for the Washington Bullets and the Milwaukee Bucks, he went back to the minor leagues in 1995. He returned to his home country in 1997 to become the Sudanese minister of sports and culture. This stint was followed by a brief assignment in Qatar where he played ball.
An activist on behalf of his home country, he donated $3.5 million to Sudanese rebels who were trying to overthrow the Sudanese dictator in 1999.
On June 30, 2004 he sustained a serious head injury and a broken neck when the Colchester, CT taxi in wich he was riding hit a guardrail, crossed two lanes of traffic, hit a ledge, and rolled over, killing the driver and throwing Bol from the car.
He died on June 19, 2010 in a Charlottesville, VA hospital. Two significant health problems contributed to his death: a rare skin disorder called Stevens-Johnson syndrome and severe kidney problems.