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MORE Than Sport is partnering with the Kenyan Riders team to fundraise in an effort to provide tangible and long-term support to John Njoroge Muya’s family — his wife and one-year-old son.
Njoroge, 30, of Kenya died from injuries suffered in a crash during Stage 3 of the Tour of Matabungkay in the Philippines in October.
Wearing the yellow leader’s jersey after Stages 1 and 2 of the tour, he was in the lead group when he crashed. Though he received nearly immediate medical attention, his injuries were too severe for his life to be saved.
News of this tragedy shocked not only his teammates and coaches at the race, but all of the riders participating, along with the organizers and staff. Donations were taken, and over $1,800 was raised that weekend alone.
The fundraising campaign endeavors to collect 18-24 months worth of Njoroge’s salary to cover his family’s living expenses, invest into a savings account for his son’s education, provide job and technical skills training to Njoroge’s wife, and if possible, establish the John Njoroge Muya Scholarship Fund. The fund would assist in providing education for a number of promising young Kenyan cyclists while they train with the Kenyan Riders team.