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Florent Groberg: Committed to serve

Former Maryland distance runner put his life on the line to protect others


Florent Groberg
Director of veterans outreach at Boeing, motivational speaker

Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland

Current city: Washington, D.C.

School: Bachelor’s degree in criminology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2006; master’s degree in management, University of Maryland University College, 2016

Sport: Men’s track and field

Interesting fact: Groberg received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama at a November 2015 White House ceremony.

Florent Groberg won the NCAA’s Award of Valor during the 2017 NCAA Honors Celebration. The award is presented to a student-athlete, coach or administrator who, when confronted with a situation involving personal danger, averted or minimized potential danger by courageous action. This award is not presented annually, but in the event of an outstanding act of valor.

While serving in the Army in 2012 in Afghanistan, Groberg helped thwart a suicide bomber, saving the lives of 24 men. After the explosion, he spent 33 months in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Groberg learned a lot about himself and personal sacrifice as a Maryland track and field athlete. “It taught me how to be organized. It taught me how to be the individual, when nobody’s watching, who does the right thing. The responsibility and teammate aspect, where you have to do your part for the team.”

Click here to read more about Groberg’s path from college athletics as a Maryland track and field athlete to now.

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