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Raptors’ Biyombo hopes boards help build in Congo

Before the rebounds hauled in and before the swooping dunks over his opponents — even before the Dikembe Mutombo-esque finger wag that he puts on blocked shots — Bismack Biyombo is a thinker.

The Toronto Raptors’ centre is always looking at the bigger picture, always aware of the opportunity that being a pro athlete has afforded him. In the midst of his fifth year in the league, a breakout season that promises to open up the vault for the 23-year-old this summer, he continues to think of his native Congo.

Almost two weeks after setting a franchise-record with 25 rebounds in a game, Biyombo will use Wednesday’s date with the Atlanta Hawks to donate $1,000 for every rebound he gets. He’s encouraging fans to give online while he plays ( ), with funds being donated to actor Ben Affleck’s Eastern Congo Initiative, which helps children in his home country by having new schools built.

“I wanted to do a fundraiser, but I realized I wanted to do something that would be more exciting, that would be more than just me going out there and talking about the Congo,” Biyombo said after Tuesday’s practice.

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Published on March 29, 2016

by JohnPaul Bennett

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