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Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee to speak at Carthage this week


Adam Koenig

October 12, 2021

Jackie Joyner-KerseeCarthage is excited to welcome Olympic legend and social justice advocate Jackie Joyner-Kersee during the week of 2021 Homecoming.

The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation and Community Center have served East St. Louis through high-quality after-school programs, safe recreational places within their communities, and with caring adults to help them achieve their dreams for over 20 years. 

Ms. Joyner-Kersee gave a virtual keynote speech at Carthage’s MLK Day Community Gathering in Jan. 2021. We are thrilled she is able to engage our community during our year-long 75 Years of Black Excellence celebration.

Hear Ms. Joyner-Kersee speak at the following events:

Spotlight on Sports — The World is Watching: Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020 & Beijing 2022

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, TARC Field House

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Three-time Olympic gold medalist and international humanitarian Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Daniel Orlando Diaz ’11, director of World Cup, Olympic, and Cross-Platform Partnerships at NBCUniversal Media, will team up for a memorable evening focused on the Olympics. Carthage Professor Greg Barron will moderate the conversation, which will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the Olympics, the recent impacts of COVID-19, and what to anticipate this winter in Beijing. Livestream will be available for this event.

150 Years of Carthage Women Closing Celebration with Jackie Joyner-Kersee

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center

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Join us for the much-anticipated closing celebration featuring keynote remarks from six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The 150 Years of Carthage Women celebration paid tribute to the important role of women at Carthage since 1870. Armed with strengthened academic programs and scholarship opportunities, a robust career readiness program, and exceptional women’s athletics, Carthage women are ready and set to go and bring positive change to themselves and the wider world. Livestream will be available for this event.


Adam Koenig,