KLEERTECH®’s Brush With Greatness

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Can you believe who we met?! For those of you who don’t recognize her from this picture, this is Jackie Joyner-Kersee, one of the greatest Track and Field athletes in the history of the sport! The two excited fans in the photo are Scott McKye, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of KLEERTECH® and Wendi Newell, Online Marketing Analyst. For those of you who need a refresher on who she is, Jackie Joyner-Kersee is an American retired track and field athlete, ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the heptathlon as well as long jump. She won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals, in the two previously mentioned events spanning over four different Olympic Games. Did I mention yet that she did all of this while constantly battling severe Asthma? Sports Illustrated for Women magazine voted Joyner-Kersee the Greatest Female Athlete of All-Time. She is on the Board of Directors for USA Track & Field (USATF), the national governing body of the sport.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee not only made America proud in the Olympics, she used her fame and the fortune that came with it to help her local community in East St. Louis. An active philanthropist in children’s education, racial equality and women’s rights; she is also the founder of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, which encourages young people in East St. Louis to pursue athletics and academics. She partnered with Comcast to create the Internet Essentials program in 2011, which costs $9.95/month for low-income Americans and offers low-cost laptops and 40 hours/month of high-speed internet service. Since its inception, the program provided internet access to 4 million Americans!

To this day, the prolific athlete still holds the World Record for the Heptathlon. In 2013 they actually renamed the “Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year” award the “Jackie Joyner-Kersee” award. It is a humbling honor to meet her in person at the Explore St. Louis kickoff week. Our hope is that Kleertech has the opportunity to meet many more St. Louis Icons through community events, events that we help orchestrate!

 

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