The tour was rounded off with a photoshoot, with each student rushing for an autograph and photo with the woman ranked among the greatest athletes of all time, which Joyner-Kersee gladly obligated.
Its own foundation works with children
The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, which she established in 1988, has her own after-school programs, and Joyner-Kersee said she has a lot of experience in conversing with children.
â€œYoung people are the same no matter where you go,â€ Joyner-Kersee said. â€œI try to bring myself to their level.
Joyner-Kersee said she hopes to show kids all they can achieve through hard work and move beyond the glamor that might surround her as a former Olympian.
â€œI hope to convey commitment, set goals,â€ Joyner-Kersee said, â€œto show that I’m no different from them.â€
The unique opportunity was the idea of â€‹â€‹Cameron Swallow, a teacher in the Teen Achievers program. Swallow said she heard through her husband John Swallow, president of Carthage College, that Joyner-Kersee would be traveling to Kenosha to deliver the opening address at Carthage Homecoming and Family Weekend.
Despite her already busy schedule, Joyner-Kersee took the time to visit the students, which Swallow said she greatly appreciated.