The end of Lance Armstrong’s disgraceful charade is scheduled to air today in an interview with Opray Winfrey, but regardless of how you feel about a career apparently based on doping and lies, let’s hope it doesn’t bring down Livestrong in its aftermath.
Livestrong is the name of the nonprofit organization begun by Armstrong to raise cancer awareness and generate millions of dollars toward researching and fighting this awful disease.
Armstrong in November took the extraordinary step of stepping down from its board of directors and breaking all ties with the organization.
Even as the court of public opinion renders its verdict on Armstrong’s misdeeds, it would be a shame if his misconduct stained Livestrong’s record for doing great works.
There already are signs of trouble. Sporting Kansas City announced this week it would no longer accept Livestrong’s sponsorship or name on a Major League Soccer stadium in Kansas City.
Sporting KC’s chief executive said in a statement that his company’s faith and trust in its partnership with Livestrong “have been permanently damaged.” From now on, the stadium will be known simply as Sporting Park.
Sporting Kansas City’s decision might be tied more closely to business issues with Livestrong, but regardless, the move does the fundraising organization no favors. We can only hope the damage goes no further.
Despite Armstrong’s actions, the organization he helped found has raised millions of dollars and inspired the lives of countless cancer patients and their families.
Armstrong’s breech of trust with fans and the cycling community has been disgraceful enough. The real tragedy would be the demise of an organization that has done so much good.