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Joyner-Kersee to be Inducted into Pac-12 Hall of Honor

Mar 7, 2022
Jackie Joyner-Kersee competing in the long jump.

San Francisco, Calif.  – The Pac-12 Conference announced Monday that Jackie Joyner-Kersee, legendary two-sport athlete at UCLA and one of the greatest athletes of all time, will be inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor, the conference's most prestigious recognition of on and off-field contributors to Pac-12 athletics.
 
Joyner-Kersee and 11 other former Pac-12 student-athletes will be honored on Friday, March 11 at a private ceremony prior to the semifinals of the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas. The class will also be recognized on the court at halftime of the first semifinal matchup at T-Mobile Arena.
 
"The Pac-12 is honored to recognize the accomplishments of 12 incredible women and men who represent the very best of the Conference of Champions, on and off the fields of play," said Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff. "From Olympic gold medalists to Super Bowl champions to NBA All-Stars to WNBA veterans to, of course, collegiate champions, our honorees continue a showcase of our league's rich tradition of champions."
 
Joyner-Kersee led the UCLA women's track and field program to national titles in 1982 and 1983, winning the heptathlon competition in both years. Joyner-Kersee still owns the UCLA and collegiate record in the heptathlon with 6390 points, as well as the school record in the long jump (23-09.00). She won the Honda Award as the nation's top collegiate track and field competitor in 1983 and 1985 and earned the Honda-Broderick Cup as the nation's best collegiate athlete in 1985.
 
She was also a star forward on the UCLA women's basketball team from 1980-85, scoring over 1,100 points in her career and helping the Bruins to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (1983, 1985). Joyner-Kersee was named as one of the greatest 15 players in program history in 1998.
 
Joyner-Kersee was prolific across her professional track and field career. She earned six medals across four appearances in the Olympics, including a silver in the heptathlon in her Olympic debut in 1984 while still a student-athlete at UCLA. She earned golds in the heptathlon and long jump at in Seoul in 1988 and repeated as the Olympic heptathlon champion in 1992. She also earned four world track and field titles, including a double in the heptathlon and long jump in Rome in 1987.
 
Following her retirement from the sport of track & field, JJK helped raise more than $12 million dollars to build the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center Foundation in her hometown of E. St. Louis, IL. She was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2004 and the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996. 
 
Pac-12 Hall of Honor – Class of 2022
Tanya Hughes, Arizona – Women's Track & Field
Curley Culp, Arizona State – Football and Wrestling
Layshia Clarendon, California – Women's Basketball
Jenny Simpson, Colorado – Women's Cross Country and Track & Field
English Gardner, Oregon – Women's Track & Field
Steven Jackson, Oregon State – Football
Tony Azevedo, Stanford – Men's Water Polo
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, UCLA – Women's Basketball and Track & Field
John Naber, USC – Men's Soccer
Tom Chambers, Utah – Men's Basketball
Tina Frimpong Ellertson, Washington – Women's Soccer
Drew Bledsoe, Washington State – Football
 
UCLA Student-Athletes in Pac-12 Hall of Honor*
2020 – Jonathan Ogden (Football); 2019 – Ann Meyers Drysdale (Women's Basketball); 2018 – Rafer Johnson (Track & Field); 2017 – David Greenwood; 2016 – Keith Erickson; 2015 – Dave Meyer; 2014 – Tyus Edney; 2013 – Lucius Allen; 2012 – Ed O'Bannon; 2011 – Don MacLean; 2010 – Reggie Miller; 2009 – Mike Warren; 2008 – Marques Johnson; 2007 – Jamaal Wilkes; 2006 – Don Barksdale; 2005 – Gail Goodrich; 2004 – Walt Hazzard; 2003 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; 2002 – John Wooden
 
The Pac-12 Hall of Honor was restricted to just men's basketball coaches and athletes from 2002-2017, before it was opened to all sports in 2018.