Distance Ace Lomong Named Visa Humanitarian of the Year

– Lopez Lomong has been named the recipient of the Visa Humanitarian of
the Year Award, USA Track & Field announced Thursday. Lomong will
be honored on Saturday, December 1, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall
of Fame Induction Ceremony in Daytona Beach. Fla. The event is held in
conjunction with USA Track & Field‰Ûªs 2012 Annual Meeting.

‰ÛÏI am honored to receive this
award,‰Û Lomong said. ‰ÛÏIt will help a lot of people to know what we are
doing off of the track and the reasons why we run. I am so happy to be
named the Visa Humanitarian of the Year, and a lot of kids are going to
benefit from this.‰Û

While building a career as one of
the nation‰Ûªs top middle distance runners, Lomong established the Lopez
Lomong Foundation in the fall of 2011 in an effort to give back to his
native country of the South Sudan. The foundation teamed up with World
Vision to launch the 4 South Sudan campaign to provide access to clean
water, offer families basic health care, give children access to
education and to provide life saving nutrition.

In less than a year, Lomong raised
more than $150,000 for clean water and is hoping to break the $250,000
mark by January. Click here to continue to read the full release.

  About USA Track & Field

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and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s
oldest organized sports, the World’s #1 Track & Field Team, the
most-watched events at the Olympics, the #1 high school and junior high
school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in
the United States: www.usatf.org.

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