Jackie Joyner-Kersey is widely regarded as one of the finest American female athletes of the 20th century, and aspiring athletes in Southern Pines will have the opportunity to hear her speak later this month.
Joyner-Kersey’s visit to Southern Pines is part of a benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of the Sandhills, who remains a valuable partner of the Reindeer Fun Run. She will speak at Pinecrest High School’s Robert E. Lee auditorium at 7PM on September 24th.
During her career, Joyner-Kersey competed in four Summer Olympics (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996), earning three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals in the women’s heptathlon and long jump. Despite retiring from athletics in 2000, Joyner-Kersey still maintains the heptathlon world record in points scored, which she earned at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. She now serves on the board of the USA Track & Field organization, a position she has held since 2012.
Tickets to see Joyner-Kersee speak are $20 for adults and $10 for students.