As we get ready for LONDON 2012 in just a few weeks, today we celebrate Jackie Joyner-Kersee, American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. Born on March 3, 1962 in East St. Louis, Illinois, Joyner-Kersee excelled in athletics at a young age. She was successful on her high school’s basketball and track teams, where she set the record for girls’ long jump (6.68 meters). Her athletic success led to a scholarship to the University of California, a spot in the 1984 Olympic Games, and named Sports Illustrated‘s Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th century.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee is also a founding member of Athletes for Hope, a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, Alonzo Mourning, and Cal Ripken, Jr. Together, these athletes share a deep commitment to giving back, and joined forces to create an organization that brings athletes together, to educate, inspire, and empower them to channel their energy for a common goal: to make a difference in the world.
LOCK LACES™ shares this goal and recognizes that there is an athlete in all of us.