Former Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng has made Cardinal fans proud over the years, on and off the court.
Since leaving Louisville in 2013 Dieng has been using part of his NBA salary and influence to help change lives in his native Senegal.
Prior to Friday’s game against the Golden State Warriors, Dieng was awarded the Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist award.
The honor recognizes the work Dieng has done to fight hunger in and provide healthcare for Senegal. He has joined forces with Matter — a nonprofit organization — and the Roger and Nancy McCabe Foundation to aide in his efforts to better improve the lives in his home country.
“I appreciate that the league appreciates the work I’m doing back home,” Dieng tells the Star Tribune. “I’m thankful to get this award.’’
“If I get sick, I get treated, I’ve got everything I need here, but people back there, they can’t. So if I have an opportunity to help them and make their life better in any kind of way, I’m into that.”
Dieng has donated life-saving medical equipment and supplies to improve health care, built demonstration farms to support sustainable agriculture and better equip farmers, created access to nutritious food, and taught children leadership, problem-solving and fitness through basketball. Over the summer Dieng sent 300,000 bags of vital IV fluid to Senegal, and later visited a neonatal hospital in Diamniadio that benefitted from his organization’s donations.
“I like helping people, I like to make other people’s lives easier and better, so when I have the chance, I’m just going to do it.”
Never change, Gorgs.<