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Spanish professional basketball player Pau Gasol is a two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was Spain's flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
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He also won a gold medal with Spain during the 2006 FIBA World Championships, and was named MVP of the tournament.
Gasol's philanthropy often involves children's causes. While playing with Memphis, his "Pau's Amigos" was a six-year sponsor of Tickets for Kids. He also did public service announcements for Memphis City Schools Reads, UNICEF and Memphis City Schools Fight-Free Fifty, which encourages students to go 50 days without fighting in school. Serving as ambassador for Spain's UNICEF Committee, Gasol has traveled to Angola and South Africa, visiting children's hospitals and raising awareness for children with HIV and AIDS.
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