Luol Deng is a South Sudanese-British professional basketball star, and two-time National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star. Luol’s personal refugee background has motivated him to support UNHCR for several years, and he is now a High Profile Supporter.
Born in 1985 in what is now South Sudan, Luol and his family fled the war and ended up as refugees in the United Kingdom, where he became a British citizen in 2005. Luol travelled to the United States to study in his teens and joined the Chicago Bulls in 2004 as a forward. In 2007, Luol pledged to donate $50 to UNHCR for every basket he scored during the season. At the time, he was playing for the Boston Celtics, but he moved to the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA in 2014.
Luol is involved with other humanitarian organisations, and in 2018 he gave considerable support on social media to the #WeWillRizeTogether project with charity IHeartAfrica which helps to build schools in Ghana. Luol travelled to South Sudan with UNHCR in 2010, and has also visited a refugee camp in Kenya assisted by UNHCR. He continues to lend his voice to the refugee cause via his social media.