Former NBA star and transplant survivor to serve on panel that advises on country’s health and fitness
Former NBA star and kidney disease survivor Alonzo Mourning has been tapped to serve on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
Mourning, an all-American at Georgetown University in the late-1980s and currently vice president of player programs for the Miami Heat, has been chosen by President Obama to serve on the panel that advises the administration on the country’s physical health and fitness.
Mourning’s pro basketball career was temporarily sidelined by a kidney ailment, but he was able to return to the game and he helped the Heat win the 2006 NBA championship.
Other celebs appointed to the council include the Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Collins, ballet dancer Misty Copeland and daytime TV host Rachel Ray.
“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country,” Obama said. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”