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.