Meet Our Ambassadors
Our ambassadors are passionate about physical activity. Their involvement with AKTIV Against Cancer helps increase awareness of our foundation and our mission.
Jen Rhines is a three-time Olympian competing in three different events: 2000 Sydney Olympics - 10,000m; 2004 Athens Olympics - Marathon; and 2008 Beijing Olympics - 5000m. She is a six-time Team USA member at IAAF World Championships; a five-time NCAA Individual National Champion; and a USA Masters National Record Holder in both the 10K (32:33) and 12K (40:04) distances. Jen ran her personal best marathon in 2006 with a time of 2:29:32.
Learn more about Jen in our Why I'm AKTIV series.
Ajee' Wilson is a 2016 Olympian born and raised in Neptune, New Jersey. She is a three-time 800m USA National Champion and was ranked number two in the world in 2014. Ajee' ran an 800m World Leading Time on July 18, 2014 in 1:57.67. On February 11, 2016, she became the current 800m American indoor record holder with a time of 1:58.27. She is an Exercise and Sports Science major at Temple University.
Learn more about Ajee' in our Why I'm AKTIV series.
Lacey Jai henderson
Lacey is a two-time Paralympian. She survived Synovial Sarcoma in 1999 at the age of nine choosing to amputate her leg above the knee after failed chemotherapy trials. Growing up an athlete, Lacey refused to let her amputation slow her down. She received a Division I athletic scholarship at the University of Denver for cheerleading. Before graduation, as a bet, Lacey attempted the sport of pole vault and became the first-ever amputee to clear a height in competition. In her first 100m race, she qualified for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. In 2013, she started long jumping and in two months broke the 17-year standing American Record. She has since made two World Championships Teams for the USA and has been ranked top 5 since 2013. She most recently competed in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero.
Learn more about Lacey in our Why I'm AKTIV series.
adidas Elite Athletes
AKTIV Against Cancer co-founder, Grete Waitz, had a 30-year relationship with adidas AG. As a global sponsor, adidas selects a number of their top-performing elite athletes each year to help raise awareness of AKTIV Against Cancer. In 2016, 20 athletes wore the AKTIV Against Cancer badge on their competition uniforms. Among them include:
Haile Gebrselassie - Ethiopian long-distance runner, Olympic and World Champion, who set 27 world records throughout his career. He is the current President of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation. Haile is also an ambassador of AKTIV Against Cancer's work in Ethiopia.
Wilson Kipsang - Long-distance runner from Kenya, Olympian and former world record holder in the marathon distance (Berlin Marathon, 2013, 2:03:23). He is a two-time winner of the Frankfurt Marathon (2010, 2011), and has won the Berlin (2013) and London (2014) marathons.
Mary Keitany - Long-distance runner from Kenya who won the 2012 London Marathon and is a three-time champion of the New York City Marathon (2014, 2015, and 2016).
- Jenn Suhr - American pole-vaulter who has been ranked number one in the U.S. since 2006. She is an Olympic and World Champion, has won 15 U.S. National Championships, and holds the both the indoor and outdoor American women's pole vault records. She has been ranked number one in the world for the past two years.
Adrian Leek, a Senior Vice President at adidas and an AKTIV Against Cancer Board of Directors member explains this tribute, "The AKTIV Against Cancer logo at the front of any race is a way of us giving prominence to this very special cause, a cause we feel strongly about."