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U.S. Olympian Tyson Gay gives back to Lexington high school track program

Tyson Gay and his former track coach at Lafayette, Ken Northington (Photo provided to FCPS)


This summer, world-class sprinter Tyson Gay teamed up with Gillette to donate $25,000 to Lafayette High School, his alma mater, as part of the global “Get Started” campaign.


“During his time in high school, Tyson was a three-time state champion in the 100 meters and also set the state record in 2001 – a record which still stands – so many of the students here see him as an inspiration and recognize that through hard work, they can achieve great things,” said Ken Northington, Tyson’s former coach at Lafayette.


Gillette has partnered with 25 ambassadors worldwide to help them give back to their respective organizations and communities, including Ryan Lochte (USA, swimming), Roger Federer (Switzerland, tennis) and Chris Hoy (Great Britain, cycling), among other athletes.


“I want to encourage the kids in their development through track and field to ensure they have the same chances that I had as a student and young man,” said Gay, who missed winning an Olympic medal in the men’s 100-meter dash by one-hundredth of a second in the 100-meter finals at the London Games.


With this donation, Lafayette plans to upgrade a majority of its track and field equipment and purchase new starting blocks and uniforms. In addition, the school is looking into hosting a major invitational meet in the next year.



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