Wolves’ Dieng Making Massive Donations to Home Country of Senegal
Gorgui Dieng may now be living the luxurious life of an NBA player, but he never forgets his roots for a second.
A native of Senegal, a third-world country in Africa, the Minnesota Wolves forward continues to always give back to his home. Understanding the hardships that his people undergo and seeing it first hand has inspired Dieng to help out however he can.
“I was visiting someone at the hospital and the doctor that was there was the same doctor I saw when I was in Senegal,” Dieng said. “I went to the visiting room to say hi to him and there was a pregnant lady laying on the ground. I asked him what was going on. He said he was waiting for someone to leave a table so she could lay there. I looked at the room and there was only one table there. No beds.
“I asked him if I could take a tour and see what the hospital needs. The building was OK, but the equipment was the issue. I told the doctor to give me a note and tell me everything that he needs. I told him, ‘I’m not going to promise you anything, but I will do my best to help.’ ”
Timberwolves forward Gorgui Dieng aims to help everyone in Senegal through farming, medicine and sports. From hundreds of acres to thousands of people, he covers a lot of ground as a hero in his country.@GorguiDieng’s widespread impact: https://t.co/WDV5f549hR#CU360 #Global pic.twitter.com/b6GhAMUGuw
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Fast-forward to today, the hospital now has 200 new beds, exam tables, dialysis and X-ray machines, as well as patient monitors for a new dialysis center all thanks to Dieng’s donations.
“I’m more excited about the things I do off the court,” Gorgui says. “I don’t want people to label me as a basketball player. I want people to label me like I care. What I do is to help my community and help people.”