How NBA star Dikembe Mutombo came to save untold lives in Africa and transform a country. By Mickey Goodman / For the AJC At the clang of the bell marking the end of the school day, third-grader Dikembe Mutombo grabbed his schoolbooks and loped across the wide street in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to the American Embassy, his movements as graceful as a gazelle. His friends, always three strides behind, were in hot pursuit, all eager to see the latest American movie shown free daily. But only Dikembe stopped at the bulletin board to read articles about the U.S. where he soaked up every word about the astronauts, President Jimmy Carter and sports, particularly basketball. “I was fascinated when I saw movie clips of the…
Atlanta – May 8, 2017 – Breakthrough Atlanta, in partnership with the National Basketball Retired Players Association (Atlanta Chapter), is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Celebrity Basketball Game to be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. Hosted at The Lovett School, Wallace Gymnasium, and presented by Aaron’s, Inc., the game will feature a friendly competition between Team Dale Ellis and Team Dikembe Mutombo, along with fellow NBA legends Jaylen Brown, Tom Gugliotta, Stephen Jackson, Theo Ratliff, Peerless Price, Dale Davis, Deandre (Mosquito) Bray, Joe Smith, Jamario Moon, and Drew Barry. Tickets may be purchased for $15 online or at the door. (more…)
ATLANTA, GA (April 25, 2017) - Breakthrough Atlanta (BTA) is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a $325,000 grant from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase two 40-passenger buses and two 14-passenger buses to transport students to and from the wide range of metro Atlanta public schools that Breakthrough Atlanta serves. (more…)
Breakthrough Atlanta and the National Basketball Retired Players Association – Atlanta Chapter is proud to present our 3rd annual celebrity basketball game. The game will be held May 20, 2017 on the campus of The Lovett School. Once again Team Dikembe Mutumbo will battle Team Dale Ellis. Please come out and enjoy the afternoon with us. There will be music, prizes and fun to be had by all. Sponsored by: (more…)
"Building Dr. King's Beloved Community" This is the 2nd joint Black History Month program sponsored by The Lovett School and Breakthrough Atlanta. Black History Month Panel Discussion Friday, February 17, 2017 Hendrix-Chenault Theater 6:30 pm Spend an evening listening to a thought-provoking panel discussion, "Building King's Beloved Community," with Valerie Jackson, Martin Luther King III, and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner (Ret.), moderated by Lovett’s Billy Peebles.