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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, veteran NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, and seven-time Major League Baseball All-Star Edgar Martinez were inducted Wednesday into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

The nonprofit, with offices on the Boise State University campus, recognizes the efforts of athletes in community involvement and raising money for charitable causes.

Mutombo, 40, an eight-time NBA All-Star who plays for the Houston Rockets, was selected for his dedication to improving the health, education and quality of life for people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he was born, and other parts of the world.

Petty, 46, is the hall's first NASCAR racer. He is being recognized for founding the Chick-Fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America and for creating the Victory Junction Gang Camp, which brings together more than 2,000 children ages 7 to 15 who face health issues.

Martinez, 44, who spent his 18-year career with the Seattle Mariners, is being honored for his donations of time and money to Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, as well as other efforts.

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