2012 U.S. Olympian Lopez Lomong Headed to London - Then Africa after Summer Games

Jun 29, 2012, 08:00 ET from World Vision U.S.

Former Sudan Lost Boy to join Team World Vision In Effort to Help Children Living in Poverty in Kenya and South Sudan


EUGENE, Ore., June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After qualifying Thursday night for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team in the men's 5,000 meters, former Sudan Lost Boy Lopez Lomong now has his sights set on a gold medal in London at The Olympic Summer Games. Immediately after London, in mid-August, Lomong now plans a return trip to Kenya, where he spent ten years in a refugee camp and to his native South Sudan in order to help children and families living in poverty. The eight-day trip is part of long-term partnership between Lomong's non-profit, 4South Sudan and Team World Vision, a program sponsored by international Christian charity World Vision.

At the age of six, Lopez was kidnapped from his Southern Sudan village and held captive for three weeks as he was being prepped as a child soldier. Too small to undergo training, his fate would most likely have been starvation. But after three weeks, he managed to escape with the help of three other captives. After running three days and nights, they were captured by Kenyan troops and brought to a refugee camp where Lopez lived for 10 years. He was sponsored by a U.S. family and brought to this country where he soon discovered he was the fastest kid in school. At track meets he then discovered he was the fastest in the state. Soon he would become one of the fastest in the nation. In 2008, Lomong qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the men's 1,500 meters. He was voted by his teammates as the flag bearer in the Opening Ceremonies. Four years later, the young man who had so much taken from him - wants to give something back to the children of South Sudan.

Lomong has a book entitled "Running For My Life" (Thomas Nelson Publisher) coming out July 17th http://www.thomasnelson.com/running-for-my-life.html

For more info: 4South Sudan: http://lopezlomong.com/foundation/
Team World Vision: http://support.worldvision.org/site/TR?px=1209501&fr_id=1790&pg=personal
The Impact: World Vision child sponsorship programs establish sustainable, long-lasting programs in the world's most impoverished regions. A $35/month commitment helps provide clean water, improve agricultural conditions and provides educational opportunities for children and their communities.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicate to working with children, families and their communities worldwide by tacking the causes of poverty and injustice. For more information please visit worldvision.org  



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