Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila was born in Brazzaville, Congo in 1989. Both his parents played basketball for the Congolese National Team and his brother Igor played collegiate basketball at Oklahoma State University and Midwestern State University. Ibaka, the third youngest of 18 children, grew up playing during the Civil War in Congo, and used basketball as an outlet to express himself and find new opportunities. He moved to Spain in 2007 to develop and play for second division club CB L'Hospitalet. There, he played 28 games before his entering the NBA Draft, averaging 11.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the club. Away from basketball, "Air Congo" participates in a number of charity activities which are designed to reinvigorate his homeland, the Congo region. He is a UNICEF Ambassador in the Congo, and has developed projects to renovate two local orphanages, placing an emphasis on health and educational opportunities. He established the Serge Ibaka Foundation, which has provided hearing aids to children in Brazzaville among other acts of giving. In recognition of his service, Ibaka was awarded the NBA Kia Community Assist Award in 2014. Ibaka has also participated in WildAid's "No Hype" campaign, which raised awareness about the problems of the ivory trade and poaching. You can follow Serge Ibaka on Twitter and Instagram @Sergeibaka.