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Ira Newble
Ira Newble
Position: -
Born: 01/20/75
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Earnings: $15,655,404 ($20,670,853*)
The eight NBA seasons went by in a blur, but the images of a refugee camp in Africa remain crystalline for Ira Newble, who spent nine days in Chad on a humanitarian mission. That experience prompted him to become aware of the social and economic disparities that roil our planet. The atrocities of war left thousands physically maimed and children with enough mental scars that rendered Newble powerless despite how hard he tried to help.
At that time, 10 years ago, Newble, a forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveled to Chad to support humanitarian efforts for the thousands of displaced refugees from the Sudan’s Darfur region who escaped the turmoil. Before the current resurgence of consciousness among athletes — such as in 2014 when then-Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and other athletes donned “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts, or the Missouri football players strike in 2015 and the recent stand taken by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — Newble not only became the first professional athlete to bring attention to the genocide in Darfur when he visited the region in the summer of 2007, but he was among the first American athletes to use his celebrity platform for an international cause.