Track and field legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee to visit Carthage College

October 21, 2021

Photo Courtesy of Carthage College

On October 14-17, 2021, three-time Olympic gold medalist and international humanitarian Jackie Joyner-Kersee visited Carthage College during Homecoming and Family Weekend. While on campus Joyner-Kersee met with several student groups over the span of two days. She also visited with middle school students from the YMCA Teen Achievers program, where Cameron Swallow, wife of Carthage’s president John Swallow teaches.

Joyner-Kersee also took part in a Spotlight in Sports panel discussion with Carthage alumnus Daniel Orlando Diaz (class of 2011) and Carthage professor Greg Barron. The pair provided a behind-the-scenes look at the Olympics, the recent impacts of COVID-19, and what to anticipate this winter in Beijing.

The 150 Years of Carthage Women celebration came to a close Friday night with a rousing in-person event keynoted by Joyner-Kersee.