Eliud Kipchoge: Marathon Legend Launches Own Foundation
- Eliud Kipchoge launched his own foundation which would focus on education and environment
- The marathon legend is extremely passionate about both fields, and wants to influence the community through his foundation
- He also plans to use his foundation to help save the environment and make running a lifestyle for people
Kenya’s marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge on Thursday, September 9 announced the launch of his own foundation.
Dubbed the “Eliud Kipchoge Foundation”, the marathoner revealed the foundation will be primarily focused on education and environment and will seek to strengthen communities both locally and internationally.
“My mission is to give all children in the world access to knowledge and education. I want those children to grow up into healthy adults in a green and breathing world where forests keep our people safe,” Kipchoge said in a statement.
“I hope to contribute and grow the movement in education and environmental protection through my Foundation, to reach the people in the world with my voice.”
Both education and environment have been two subjects that have been close to Kipchoge’s heart if his social media is anything to go by.
As far as the environment is concerned, Kipchpge has an expansive tea farm which he occasionally works on when he has the time.
"I was lucky in my life to have access to books and knowledge from a young age. It taught me to value life and that is why I have decided to establish the foundation that will help the upcoming generation who also must know the value of having a good environment," he added.
According to the marathoner, he has always been inspired by books and he aims to spread awareness and the need for education in the community.
His latest move came just weeks after he secured a second consecutive Olympic gold medal in his speciality – marathons.
Despite the harsh weather conditions in Sapporo, Japan, Kipchoge had no problem in proving once again why he is the world's greatest marathoner.
He powered to victory after posting 2.08.38 to finish ahead of Dutchman Abdi Negeeye and Belgian Bashir Abdi.
Wanyama promoting education through his foundation
Another Kenyan sportsman who is impacting the community through his foundation is Victor Wanyama.
The former Harambee Stars midfielder recently announced he would sponsor 14 students to prestigious Kenyan high schools through his foundation.