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Lance Armstrong attending Springfield fundraiser

Lance Armstrong attending Springfield fundraiser

March 3rd, 2011 in News
In this July 24, 2005, file photo, Lance Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, holds the winner's trophy as his son Luke, rear right, his twin daughters Grace, right, and Isabelle, look on, after winning his seventh straight Tour de France cycling race, during ceremonies on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, after the 21st and final stage of the race between Corbeil-Essonnes, south of Paris, and the French capital. Almost a month after finishing 65th in his last competitive race in Australia, and nearly six years removed from the last of an unprecedented seven straight Tour de France titles, the 39-year-old cyclist made clear there is no reset button this time. He is retiring from cycling.

In this July 24, 2005, file photo, Lance...

Photo by Bernard Papon

Cyclist Lance Armstrong is scheduled to attend a Springfield fundraising event next month.

Armstrong has been named guest of honor for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield's fundraiser on April 12.

Pat Gartland, executive director of the clubs, said getting Armstrong to speak at the event was thanks to Larry O'Reilly, an avid bicyclist and retired president and CEO of O'Reilly Automotive.

Armstrong is best known for winning the Tour de France a record seven times.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that this will be the 15th year Boys & Girls Clubs has held the sports-focused fundraiser. The event nets more than $100,000 for the three Boys & Girls Clubs units.

Last year, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees attended.