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Daniel Igali

Igali runs for the kids

October 8, 2009

Olympic champion Daniel Igali is hoping the campus community will join him on Saturday, Oct. 17 in an event to raise funds and awareness for his school project in Nigeria (see www.igali.com to sign up). The SFU criminology graduate student, together with Right to Play, will host the first annual Igali Run for the Kids at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park, located at King George Highway and 88th Avenue, from 8:30–noon. A 5k walk/run kicks off at 10 am. Igali opened Maureen Matheny Academy in his home village of Eniwari in 2006 after raising nearly $600,000 and overseeing its construction. The school continues to need funds for basic operational costs and school supplies. Igali, along with other invited Olympians, will join in with participants. Afterwards, he’ll talk briefly about the project as well as the need to promote fitness activity, something he wants to highlight as the region prepares for the 2010 Olympics. Igali won a gold medal for Canada in freestyle wrestling at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.