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Gabriel Mvumvure Fund
Gabriel Mvumvure arrived on LSU’s campus as a mid-term enrollee in January 2008 from the Zimbabwean capital of Harare as one of Africa’s top sprint prospects. While studying international studies and political science in his time as a student, Gabriel helped the Tigers continue their proud tradition of excellence on the track while being crowned an SEC and NCAA Champion in the 4x100-meter relay in his freshman season. He would go on to earn three All-America honors as a member of LSU’s sprint relay team while also starring in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes in his four seasons in Baton Rouge from 2008-11. In that time, Gabriel helped the Tigers earn six trophy finishes as a top-four team at the NCAA Championships while finishing fourth indoors each year and also tying for second place in 2008 and placing fourth in 2011 during the outdoor season. Gabriel has never slowed down after leaving the program as he’s now represented Zimbabwe at the highest level of the sport, including four World Championship appearances before making his Olympics debut in Rio de Janeiro this summer all while continuing to train in Baton Rouge under head coach Dennis Shaver. The only thing now threatening to slow down Gabriel’s career is his recent diagnosis of kidney failure brought on by long-term high blood pressure. LSU now hopes to help one of its own by providing Gabriel the funds he needs to cover the costs from the time of his original diagnosis, as well as a kidney transplant and recovery from that operation totaling as much as $250,000.
Under NCAA rules, LSU is allowed to accept financial gifts and manage an account to assist Gabriel Mvumvure. Per NCAA rules, all contributions of any kind must go through this fund. Donors need to be aware that financial contributions to this fund are not tax deductible and are not eligible for LSU Priority Points.