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2022 Pac-12 Hall of Honor Inductee: Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Women's Basketball Track & Field
Mar 7, 2022
A multi-talented competitor in both women’s basketball and track and field, Jackie Joyner-Kersee is regarded as one of the greatest female athletes of all time. She led UCLA women’s track and field to national titles in 1982 and 1983, and still sits atop the UCLA record books in heptathlon and long jump. A two-time Honda Award winner, Joyner-Kersee won the Honda-Broderick Cup in 1985, given to the best collegiate female athlete. She starred on the basketball court as well, helping guide the Bruins to a pair of NCAA tournament appearances. Following her collegiate career, she went on to capture six medals across four Olympic appearances, including three gold medals, one silver and two bronze. In 2013, the USA Track & Field’s Women’s Athlete of the Year award was renamed after Joyner-Kersee to recognize her amazing achievements. Away from the track, she helped raise 12 million dollars to build the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center Foundation in her hometown of East St. Louis, Illinois in 2000, and in 2017 founded ‘Athletes for Hope,’ which helps professional athletes get involved in their communities.