The “Sports 360 2015 Summer Basketball Camp Series – Dikembe Mutombo” camp is open to male and female basketball enthusiasts aged 8-14. The camp will be held on July 19, 2015 at the International Christian School in Ma On Shan. We are very excited to have an impressive line-up of coaches who will focus on developing various individual and team skills, including footwork, ball-handling, passing, shooting and shooting technique, and offensive and defensive play. Athletes will also be involved in scrimmages and skills contests. The camp will be led by NBA Hall of Fame Dikembe Mutombo, and supported by a team of Hong Kong based coaches. Player to Coach ratio is expected to be around 12:1. Athletes arrive at 9:00 am and follow scheduled training and activities throughout the day, with dismissal at 4:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. For those who have special dietary requirements or food allergies, please bring your own lunch.
All athletes will be supervised by coaches and Sports 360 staff. To allow for focused training, parents and guardians are not permitted to stay during camp hours. Younger athletes will be dropped off and picked up at the designated meeting place.
Capacity is limited. All interested athletes must return the application forms with proof of payment and photo by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Receipt date/time is determined by date/time of payment. Full Course Fee: HKD 880. Successful applicants will be notified by email and/or text message. All net proceeds will be donated to The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation www.dmf.org.
Renowned as one of the best defensive players in NBA history, the 7’2” eight-time NBA All Star DIKEMBE MUTOMBO, born and raised in the capital city Kinshasa of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, had an impressive 18-year career in the NBA. He is best known for his legendary defensive play, but also contributed offensively, averaging 10 points per game for the majority of his professional tenure. In honor of his accomplishments and contributions in the world of basketball, Dikembe was inducted into 2015 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. As the seventh of ten children born to Samuel and Biamba Marie Mutombo, Dikembe arrived in the United States in 1987 on an academic scholarship to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. During his sophomore year, Dikembe was recruited by Coach John Thompson to join the University’s legendary basketball team. He went on to become one of the greatest players in Hoya history, making the Big East All-Tournament Team and the All-Big East First Team in 1991, as well as being named Big East Defensive Player of the Year twice.
Upon graduating with double degrees in Diplomacy and Linguistics, Dikembe declared himself eligible for the 1991 NBA Draft. He was taken 4th Overall by the Denver Nuggets, and was named to the All-Rookie First Team after averaging 16 points, 12 rebounds and almost 3 blocks per game. One of the most amazing highlights of Dikembe’s tenure with the Nuggets was when the Nuggets were set to play against the Seattle Supersonics in the 1993-94 Western Conference. Overcoming immense odds and led by Dikembe’s towering defensive efforts — blocking a total of 51 shots in the 5-game series — the Nuggets made NBA history by being the first 8th Seed team to beat a 1st Seed team. Dikembe was presented his first NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1994. In 1996, Dikembe joined the Atlanta Hawks where he continued to establish himself as an consistent defensive player. He became more recognized largely as a result of his excellent defensive moves but also because of his signature “finger wag”.
The Hawks traded Dikembe to the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2000-01 season when the 76ers needed a replacement for injured center Theo Ratliff. During this season, Dikembe earned his fourth Defensive Player of the Year Award and the 76ers made it to the NBA Finals where Dikembe went up against LA Lakers Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. After the 2002-03 season with the New Jersey Nets where Dikembe dealt with a nagging injury, he joined the New York Knicks in 2003. He was later traded to the Chicago Bulls, and finally to the Houston Rockets in the 2004 offseason. As a Rocket, Dikembe mostly played backup center for Yao Ming, but spent a lot of time on the court when Yao was injured. At the age of 40, Dikembe became the oldest NBA player to record more than 20 rebounds in a game when the Rockets battled against the Nuggets. Retiring from professional basketball in 2009 after 18 seasons and 3,289 career blocks, Dikembe has since dedicated his life to humanitarian work. Giving back has always been a trademark of Dikembe ever since he entered the NBA. In 1997, Dikembe established the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation where he continues to lead and serve as Chairman and President. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the Foundation’s mission is to improve the health, education and quality of life for the people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. One major project was the construction of a new general hospital on the outskirts of the capital city of Kinshasa. In December 2007, the US$29 million Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital opened as the first modern medical facility in the area in nearly 40 years. Financed with US$23 million of Dikembe’s own funds and named in memory of his beloved mother, the hospital has treated over 140,000 men, women and children. In addition to the work he does at the Foundation, Dikembe also gives generously of his time and energy to other meaningful and charitable causes. He served as the first Youth Emissary for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and was on the Advisory Board for the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health. Currently, he sits on the boards of the National Constitution Center, Special Olympics International, the CDC Foundation, as well as the National Board for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. He has also been NBA Global Ambassador since 2009, and is actively involved with NBA Cares to bring awareness and attention to important social issues. Dikembe and his wife Rose have three children.
Event Detials 19 July, 2015
09:00 — 16:00
International Christian School
1, On Muk Lane, Shek Mun, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong