A HERO AND A GENTLEMAN
Rio 2016: Awards Kip Keino Receives Olympics Laurel Award for His Service to the Poor
Kenya’s most beloved athlete and Olympian Kipchoge Keino received the first ever Olympics Laurel Award August 6, during the Rio 2016 Olympics opening ceremony. In an IOC Video, Keino spoke about his charitable philosophy and love for education “education is a weapon that doesn’t cause any destruction, instead it creates people,” Keino said.
Keino rose to fame in 1968 Olympics in Mexico when he won a gold medal as captain of the Kenyan team in the 1500 M race defeating the world record holder American Jim Ryun according to CNN. He late won gold medal in 1972 Munich Olympics in the 3000 M race and raked in three more gold medal in Commonwealth Games.
Keino used his success to give back to the community, engaging in varios philanthropic ventures including running an orphanage in his hometown Eldoret in Kenya. He also runs an elite sporting academy to help young athletes from all over the world to achieve their dreams in competitive athletics. Through the Kipkeino Foundation, Keino is using his status as Kenyan Athletics legend to better the lives of those around him. The foundation runs a primary school, high schools, a tea farm and an athletics training center geared toward training athletes adapting to high altitude competition.
Congratulations to Kip Keino, a Kenyan living legend.