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Greene named Visa Humanitarian Athlete of Year


Jill Geer
Chief Public Affairs Officer
USA Track & Field
(508) 520-1529

MOBILE, Alabama - Olympic gold medalist and three-time world 100 meter champion Maurice Greene has been named the 2001 Visa Humanitarian Athlete of the Year, which recognizes contributions U.S. track and field athletes have made off the field of competition. The announcement was made by USATF at its 2001 Annual Meeting in Mobile.

In addition to donating $62,000 to the United Negro College Fund in 2001, Greene established The Maurice Greene Finish the Race Youth Foundation in his hometown of Kansas City, Kansas. The mission of the Foundation is to encourage and enable today's youth to acquire the skills necessary to more effectively face the difficult challenges of life.

The mission will be accomplished through a holistic approach by providing program services that address the academic, social, emotional, physical, and personal needs of each child. Teachers, school counselors and psychologists, parents and program staff will identify the youth participating in the program, who are considered to be living in challenging circumstances. The program will strive to help each individual to excel to their fullest potential and allow them to become a valuable resource to themselves, their family their school and their community.

In addition to recognizing Maurice Greene as the Visa Humanitarian Athlete of the Year, Visa will also donate $2,500 to the Maurice Greene Finish the Race Youth Foundation. "Maurice provides a wonderful example that successful athletes have what it takes to make a tremendous difference in the lives of American children," said George Perry director, event and sponsorship marketing, Visa U.S.A. "Through his success on and off the track, Maurice serves as a terrific role model to young people that they can achieve what they set their mind to. All of us at Visa are proud to have this opportunity to acknowledge his many accomplishments."

"I'm very grateful to Visa for this tremendous honor," said Greene. "I've always enjoyed taking a leadership role in giving back to the community, and I look forward to continuing with those efforts in the years to come."

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