Manute Bol (October 16, 1962 â€“ June 19, 2010) A Sudanese-born basketball player and activist, Bol was one of the two tallest players ever to appear in the National Basketball Association at 7 feet, 7 inches, and was also the first African-born player to be drafted into the NBA. He was the son of a Dinka tribal chief, who gave him the name "Manute," which means "special blessing." Bol truly lived up to his name off the court. Active in charitable causes throughout his career, he spent much of the money he made during a 10-year NBA career supporting various causes related to war-ravaged nation Sudan, eventually establishing the Ring True Foundation to raise funds for Sudanese refugees. Bol, who spent three years as a slave in childhood, helped create the Sudan Freedom Walk to find a solution to the genocide in Darfur in western Sudan, and also to raise awareness of the modern day slavery and human rights abuses throughout Sudan.