Doug Lennox competes in the Butterfly, Individual Medley, and Freestyle for the Princeton Tigers Swim Team. Lennox is an Olympic hopeful and has earned many honors including: 2007 Eastern champion in the 100 fly, 2006 second-team All-Ivy selection, and member of the 2006 and 2007 Eastern teams.
On April 13, the 5th international “Global Day for Darfur”, Team Darfur swimmer Doug Lennox spoke at a symbolic torch relay for Darfur in Montclair, NJ. He walked alongside Darfuri refugees, politicians, a Special Olympics gold medalist and over 1,000 members of the Montclair community in solidarity with the people of Darfur.
When asked why he joined Team Darfur Doug responded:
I joined Team Darfur because I believe in the idea of “paying it forward.” I realized that after achieving my Olympic dreams that I have been bestowed even greater opportunities than a new level of athletic competition. In learning more about Darfur, I have become much more aware of the atrocities occurring in other parts of the world to which I had no previous exposure. After realizing my own political and world-news ignorance, I also found that many of my peers are not cognizant of what is going on in the world, and that those more informed had no real means to help the people suffering. I believe that as an international athlete I have a responsibility to represent not only the people of the country for which I perform, but those unrepresented on the world-stage, too. In joining Team Darfur, I hope to project those peoples’ voices to the ears of the uninformed and major political figures so that someday we, as one world, can rescue anyone who suffers from the political oppression, racial violence, and complete genocide.