USATF Names Lagat Humanitarian Of The Year

Bernard Lagat recently donated $5000 in prize money to support the rescue efforts following the Haitian earthquake. Photo: Photorun.net

Bernard Lagat recently donated $5000 in prize money to support the rescue efforts following the Haitian earthquake. Photo: Photorun.net

The top American in the 5,000m has been involved with charity work since 2004.

The United States Track and Field Association awarded Bernard Lagat their Visa Humanitarian of the Year award. Lagat is a three-time Olympian and currently owns the American record in the 5,000m. He will receive this award in Virginia Beach next month. Lagat’s humanitarian efforts go back to 2004 when he started the Bernard Lagat Foundation–an organization that has paid for Kenyan high school students’ tuition fees anad has also supported the Beat Cancer Boot Camp, which assists survivors with exercise during their treatments and remission.

After a series of wins in this year’s indoor season, Lagat decided to donate $5000 in prize monies to UNICEF’s efforts in Haiti.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award for doing what I feel is the right thing to do – to help support our future generations,” Lagat said. “I try to put my emphasis on helping children, be it in Haiti, here in the States, or back home in Kenya, because I truly do think we need to be giving them the best opportunities they can have, so that they too can grow up to be successful in something they love.”

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