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Jackie Joyner-Kersee Olympic Medalist and Philanthropist

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a six-time Olympic medalist. Sports Illustrated named her the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century. Her achievements include three Olympic gold medals, four World Outdoor Championships gold medals, and the still-standing world record of 7,291 points in the women's heptathlon. She is the first woman to win back-to-back gold medals in the heptathlon and the first African American woman to win an Olympic Medal in the long jump. In addition to her remarkable accomplishments on the field of competition, Joyner-Kersee has defined her post-athletic career as a philanthropist, a dynamic public speaker, and a tireless advocate for children's education, racial equality, social reform and women's rights. In 1988, she established the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation to provide youth, adults, and families with the resources to improve their quality of life.  The Foundation is committed to ensuring that all children have access to high quality after-school programs, safe recreational places within their communities, and caring adults to help them achieve their dreams. Joyner-Kersee was the keynote speaker at Stony Brook University's 2015 observance of Women's Health Day.

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