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篮球巨星Manute Bol利用名气为家族创造美好生活

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This is the VOA Special English Development Report.

这是美国之音特别英语发展报道。

Manute Bol played ten years in the National Basketball Association. But he will be remembered as much for his shot-blocking in the NBA as for his charity work in Sudan. He died June nineteenth from kidney failure and a rare and painful skin disorder.

Manute Bol在国家篮球协会打了10年的篮球。但是人们记住他不仅是因为他在NBA的篮球技术,还有他在苏丹所作的慈善工作。619日,Manute Bol由于肾衰竭及不常见的皮肤病而死亡。

He became sick while working in his homeland. He was forty-seven years old. A funeral took place last week at Washington's National Cathedral.

当他在祖国工作的时候生病的。他只有47岁。上周,他的葬礼仪式在华盛顿的国家大教堂举行。

Manute Bol was born in southern Sudan. He stood two hundred thirty-one centimeters -- tall even for a Dinka, some of Africa's tallest people.

Manute Bol出生在苏丹南部。他身高2..31米。他是非洲国家丁卡人中最高的。

His father, a tribal chief, did not think basketball was "good work for a Dinka." But the teenager chose it over herding his family's cattle.

他的父亲是一个部族首领。他认为篮球不是丁卡人的工作。但是Manute Bol十几岁时就选择乐篮球。

He did not have much luck, though, the first time he went up to dunk the ball. As he once told the Washington Post: "When I came down I hurt my teeth in the net."

不过,当他第一次扣篮时运气很差。他曾告诉《华盛顿邮报》说:“当我扣篮时我伤到牙齿了。”

In the NBA, Manute Bol averaged less than three points a game on offense. But on defense, he became one of the most feared shot-blockers in the league. Former player Rory Sparrow says he was not afraid of anyone -- not even Michael Jordan.

在美国NBA赛场上,Manute Bol每场比赛进攻的平均分不到三分。但是他是团队中防守最好的球员。前俱乐部球员Rory SparrowManute Bol不惧怕任何人——即使迈克尔·乔丹。

RORY SPARROW: "He just laughed and said, 'What Michael Jordan? Why should I be afraid of Michael Jordan? I kill lion. He come in, I block his shot.' And sure enough, he blocked his shot. Michael made a couple of dunks. But hey, Manute stood his ground."

RORY SPARROW:“他只是笑着说:“迈克尔·乔丹吗?我为什么要怕乔丹?乔丹进攻时,我就防守。迈克尔进行了两次扣篮。但是Manute Bol始终坚守阵地。

He finished his career as the fourteenth best shot-blocker in NBA history. He enjoyed his fame. But he never forgot his people. Years of civil war left southern Sudan in ruins. He estimated that he lost two hundred fifty members of his extended family.

他结束了他的职业生涯,并成为NBA史上盖帽王十四。他喜欢这个称号。但他一直没有忘记他的家人。多年的内战使苏丹南部变成废墟。他估计他的家族中失去了二百五十个人。

He helped raise money for refugees. Reports say he donated nearly all of the estimated six million dollars he made playing basketball.

他帮助难民筹集资金。报导说他把他打篮球赚的大约6亿美元全部捐赠了。

Before his death, he was working with the Sudan Sunrise group to help bring the country together. His goal was to build forty-one schools.

死之前他正在与苏丹日出集团合作致力于国家团结。他的目标是建立41所学校。

 

He took his Christian faith seriously. "God guided me to America and gave me a good job. But he also gave me a heart, so I would look back," he said in Sports Illustrated magazine in two thousand four.

他是个虔诚的基督教信仰者。“上帝指引我到美国,给了我一份好工作。但是他也给了我一颗诚心,所以我会回来的。”2004年,他在《体育画报》如是说。

That year, Manute Bol broke his neck in a car accident. He was thrown from a taxi. After recovering, he moved to the state of Kansas, and met United States Senator Sam Brownback.

那一年,Manute Bol在车祸中摔坏了脖子。他从一辆出租车上被甩了出去。等他恢复后,他搬到堪萨斯州住,并会见了美国参议员Sam Brownbac

SAM BROWNBACK: "I can't think of a person that I know of in the world that used their celebrity status for a greater good than what Manute Bol did. He used it for his people, he gave his life for his people."

SAM BROWNBACK:Manute Bol是我见过的唯一一个用他的名气创造美好社会的人。他把生命奉献给了他的家族。”

This is the VOA Special English Development Report.

Manute Bol played ten years in the National Basketball Association. But he will be remembered as much for his shot-blocking in the NBA as for his charity work in Sudan. He died June nineteenth from kidney failure and a rare and painful skin disorder.

He became sick while working in his homeland. He was forty-seven years old. A funeral took place last week at Washington's National Cathedral.

Manute Bol was born in southern Sudan. He stood two hundred thirty-one centimeters -- tall even for a Dinka, some of Africa's tallest people.

His father, a tribal chief, did not think basketball was "good work for a Dinka." But the teenager chose it over herding his family's cattle.

He did not have much luck, though, the first time he went up to dunk the ball. As he once told the Washington Post: "When I came down I hurt my teeth in the net."

In the NBA, Manute Bol averaged less than three points a game on offense. But on defense, he became one of the most feared shot-blockers in the league. Former player Rory Sparrow says he was not afraid of anyone -- not even Michael Jordan.

RORY SPARROW: "He just laughed and said, 'What Michael Jordan? Why should I be afraid of Michael Jordan? I kill lion. He come in, I block his shot.' And sure enough, he blocked his shot. Michael made a couple of dunks. But hey, Manute stood his ground."

He finished his career as the fourteenth best shot-blocker in NBA history. He enjoyed his fame. But he never forgot his people. Years of civil war left southern Sudan in ruins. He estimated that he lost two hundred fifty members of his extended family.

He helped raise money for refugees. Reports say he donated nearly all of the estimated six million dollars he made playing basketball.

Before his death, he was working with the Sudan Sunrise group to help bring the country together. His goal was to build forty-one schools.

He took his Christian faith seriously. "God guided me to America and gave me a good job. But he also gave me a heart, so I would look back," he said in Sports Illustrated magazine in two thousand four.

That year, Manute Bol broke his neck in a car accident. He was thrown from a taxi. After recovering, he moved to the state of Kansas, and met United States Senator Sam Brownback.

SAM BROWNBACK: "I can't think of a person that I know of in the world that used their celebrity status for a greater good than what Manute Bol did. He used it for his people, he gave his life for his people."

And that's the VOA Special English Development Report, written by Michael DeFabo. I'm Bob Doughty.


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