New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing will join his Georgetown University friends and will visit South Africa Sept. first to the fourth. Ewing will travel to the African country as part of the NBA’s “Basketball without Borders” program.
Due to the current league lockout, the NBA cannot send active players to South Africa so its only option was to chose legendary players. Going with Ewing will be Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo.
Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo visited South Africa, Kenya and Congo in 1994 and it was an eye-opening experience for all three of them.
“When they first asked me to come, I jumped at it — I’m there,” Ewing told the New York Post. “It was a great experience for me. South Africa has a strong history, fought their way to equal rights and to come back there and see the motherland, and grow the game of basketball. It’s a great opportunity.”