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Inside the Life of Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Women In Flight had the honored privilege of sitting down with former Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee to get her thoughts on Title IX, her personal journey, and her work to empower young students through sport.

Many people know Jackie from her amazing accomplishments as an Olympian track & field athlete. But Jackie is also changing the game of women’s athletics off the track, too. Her philanthropic work with the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation works to provide underprivileged children with opportunities and teach valuable life lessons, often through sport. We had the chance to sit down and record the below interview with Jackie. Give it a listen on The Duck Stops Here podcast – we promise you’ll walk away feeling more inspired than ever before.

As we celebrate the 50th year anniversary of Title IX, we aren’t only talking about how far women’s athletics have come – we’re also talking about where we need to go next. To help start these conversations, the University of Oregon hosted the panel “Bridging the Gap Between Racism, Sexism and Discrimination: Sport as a Platform for Social Justice”, featuring former Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Dr. Courtney Cox (Assistant Professor of Indigenous, Race & Ethics Studies), Savannah Siegrist (current student-athlete on Oregon Beach Volleyball), and Provost Patrick Phillips.