Mebrahtom “Meb” Keflezighi is the recipient of 2018 UCLA Award for Professional Achievement. The only athlete in history to win the New York Marathon, the Boston Marathon and an Olympic Medal, Keflezighi’s record also includes four NCAA championships, 23 National Championships and a place on four United States Olympic teams. In 2010, he was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. From his arrival in America as a refugee from war-torn East Africa to his victorious finish at the emotionally-charged 2014 Boston Marathon—now as a proud and patriotic American— Keflezighi has secured not only his place in history, but also in the hearts and minds of millions. He retired in November 2017 after countless marathons and crossings at finish lines and now oversees the MEB (Maintaining Excellent Balance) Foundation, committed to promoting youth health, education and fitness. A graduate of communication studies, Keflezighi is a member of the Alumni Association.