WT Distinguished Lecture Series Tonight: Jackie Joyner-Kersee

CANYON -- Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is at WT tonight as part of the University's Distinguished Lecture Series. 

Joyner-Kersee, considered the worlds greatest female athlete, will speak at 7 p.m. at Legacy Hall in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Joyner-Kersee is the consummate athlete, earning more than 10 medals during her career in the heptathlon and long jump. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a six-time Olympic medalist and a four-time world champion. She continues to hold Olympic and national records in the long jump as well as the world heptathlon record of 7,291 points. 

In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Joyner-Kersee is also known for her work off the field. She works tirelessly for childrens education, health issues, racial equality, social reform and womens rights. Her charities include the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, Athletes for Hope, Youth Lifeline America and the Jeff Gordon Foundation.

WT's Distinguished Lecture Series was established in 2007 to bring persons of national prominence to campus to expose students to important issues of our times.

Parking will be available at the First United Bank Center with shuttle bus service to Legacy Hall.

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