Over the weekend at a private engagement held at The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation Headquarters, Adidas and Track & Field trailblazer, Jackie Joyner-Kersee gathered friends & family for an intimate mural unveiling for the launch of the Honoring Black Excellence initiative. The year-round Three Stripe mission is to recognize and celebrate the history of extraordinary Black leaders who are here with us right now, driving change for today and a better tomorrow.
Guests came together to remove ﬂowers from the mural wall and were encouraged to spread them throughout the community as a symbolic gesture of Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s selﬂess philanthropy and commitment to providing a brighter world for today’s youth. This act unveiled a beautiful mural, painted by Brandon Breaux (known for Chance the Rapper’s iconic album covers), immortalizing one of the Greatest Female Athletes of the Century’s legacy in sports and recognizing the extraordinary community work through The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation in her hometown, East St. Louis.
“It was an honor to be a part of Adidas Honoring Black Excellence. The mural is a wonderful reﬂection of the philanthropic work I’ve done and will continue to do in my community. I truly believe that Black Excellence is embedded in each and every one of the smiling, innocent faces
I am blessed to see this on a daily basis. Furthermore, this is an opportunity to remind our students to dare to dream and believe in themselves. I often say, ‘you can turn a doubter into a believer if you just believe.’” Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Following the event, attendees received a commemorative zine dedicated to Joyner-Kersee’s life work on-and-off the track with stories of her rise, archival images, and inspirational quotes.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee currently holds the World Record of 7,291 points in the women’s heptathlon and sits on top of the Board of Directors for USA Track & Field. The four-time Olympian achievements include three Olympic gold medals, four World Outdoor Championships gold medals. Joyner-Kersee won the long jump gold medal in 1988 and long jump bronze in 1992 and 1996. In the Olympic heptathlon competition she won the silver medal in 1984 and the gold medal in 1988 and 1992