Age is no barrier. It's a limitation you put on your mind.
It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.
Jackie Joyner Kersee Youth Center
If I stop to kick every barking dog, I am not going to get where I'm going.
Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee was born on March 3, 1962, in St. Louis Illinois. Her parents Alfred Joyner, Sr. and Mary Joyner both teenagers. She grew up in a very poor family. In her teen years, she was a great track and field, basketball, and volleyball. She earned a full scholarship to the University of California. At the age of 19, she focused her attention on the Olympics. She graduated in 1985.
In High School, she set a record for long jump, 6.68 meters. She has won four gold medals at the Olympics. She won the national heptathlon eight times. She also won the national long jump nine times while setting an American record of 24 feet and 7 inches. She also competed in hurdles and set national records for 50, 55, and 60 meters.
After she retired from track and field, she played professional basketball for a couple of years. She created the Jackie Joyner Kersee Youth Center Foundation to help kids and teens play sports. She helped unprivileged kids play sports. Along with other athletic champions like Muhammad Ali, Mia Hamm, and Andre Agassi she established Athletes for Hope. They aim to "educate, encourage and assist athletes in their efforts to contribute to the community and charitable causes,".