Women’s History Month 2014: Jackie Joyner-Kersee

3 Mar

jackie_joyner_kersee_21March is National Women’s History Month.  To start the celebration of women, I would like to honor and pay tribute to Jackie Joyner-Kersee . Today is also Joyner-Kersee’s 52nd birthday.  Joyner-Kersee has won more medals than any other female athlete in Olympic track and field, with three gold medals, a silver, and two bronze.  Joyner-Kersee retired at age 38 in 2001.  Joyner-Kersee and Babe Didrikson are celebrated as the greatest female athletes of the 20th Century.

One of the reasons why I wanted to celebrate Jackie Joyner-Kersee was her dedication to social justice and paying it forward. After she retired, she established the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center Foundation — a foundation that provides sports lessons to youth and families to improve quality of life with It is based in her hometown of East St. Louis, Illinois.  Joyner-Kersee also helped to establish Athletes for Hope, an organization that encourages other athletes to work toward making a positive difference in the world.

Thank you, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Happy Birthday!

4 Responses to “Women’s History Month 2014: Jackie Joyner-Kersee”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW March 3, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  2. Christine Noble March 3, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    Definitely one of the truly great women alive today. I used to love watching her in the Olympics, getting more excited about her than Carl Lewis (but not Edwin Moses b/c I was a 400m hurdler too😉 )

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 3, 2014 at 11:51 am #

      Christine, thank you for chiming in here. Yes, she truly is a great woman and I love that she works so hard to pay it forward.

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