Track Legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee to be Named 'Honorary Harlem Globetrotter' at January 8 Game

Jan 07, 1999, 00:00 ET from Harlem Globetrotters

    PHOENIX, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Track & field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee
 will become the sixth person ever to be named an "Honorary Harlem
 Globetrotter" during the team's annual tour stop at Kiel Center in St. Louis
 on January 8th.  The announcement was made by Mannie Jackson, Owner and
 Chairman of the Globetrotters.
     "We feel this is a fitting tribute to honor the outstanding career of
 Jackie Joyner-Kersee," said Jackson, a native of Edwardsville, Ill., who
 purchased the team in 1993.  "She has represented her country and sport in an
 exemplary way, serving as a role model for millions of people.  The Harlem
 Globetrotters are proud to welcome her into the family."
     Joyner-Kersee has represented the United States in the last four Summer
 Olympics, capturing three gold medals, one silver and two bronzes in the long
 jump and heptathlon competitions.  She has also won four gold medals in the
 World Championships and was selected the International Amateur Athletic
 Federation Female Athlete of the Year in 1994 and the winner of the 1986
 Sullivan Award, the most prestigious amateur athletic award.
     "It is a great honor to be involved with an institution like the Harlem
 Globetrotters," said Joyner-Kersee.  "I look at the Globetrotters as an
 institution because they have demonstrated their fortitude and credibility as
 a world-class team.  They have shown themselves to be a quality organization
 with staying and rebound skills."
     A native of East St. Louis, Ill., Joyner-Kersee established the current
 world heptathlon record at the 1988 Olympics and owns the American long jump
 record.  She attended UCLA on a basketball scholarship and graduated in 1985
 with a degree in History.
     Only five other people have been bestowed an "Honorary Harlem
 Globetrotter" during the 72-year history of the team.  Dr. Henry Kissinger
 became the first recipient in 1976 and was followed by comedian Bob Hope in
 1977, actress-comedian Whoopi Goldberg in 1989, Basketball Hall of Famer
 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar following his retirement in 1989, and President Nelson
 Mandela of South Africa in 1996.
     The Globetrotters tipped off their 1999 World Tour on December 18th at
 Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.  The team is currently
 touring throughout the United States and Canada, appearing in over 200 cities
 from December to April.  The Globetrotter's theme this season is "Memories.
 Always Different, Always Fun."
 
 

SOURCE Harlem Globetrotters
    PHOENIX, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Track & field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee
 will become the sixth person ever to be named an "Honorary Harlem
 Globetrotter" during the team's annual tour stop at Kiel Center in St. Louis
 on January 8th.  The announcement was made by Mannie Jackson, Owner and
 Chairman of the Globetrotters.
     "We feel this is a fitting tribute to honor the outstanding career of
 Jackie Joyner-Kersee," said Jackson, a native of Edwardsville, Ill., who
 purchased the team in 1993.  "She has represented her country and sport in an
 exemplary way, serving as a role model for millions of people.  The Harlem
 Globetrotters are proud to welcome her into the family."
     Joyner-Kersee has represented the United States in the last four Summer
 Olympics, capturing three gold medals, one silver and two bronzes in the long
 jump and heptathlon competitions.  She has also won four gold medals in the
 World Championships and was selected the International Amateur Athletic
 Federation Female Athlete of the Year in 1994 and the winner of the 1986
 Sullivan Award, the most prestigious amateur athletic award.
     "It is a great honor to be involved with an institution like the Harlem
 Globetrotters," said Joyner-Kersee.  "I look at the Globetrotters as an
 institution because they have demonstrated their fortitude and credibility as
 a world-class team.  They have shown themselves to be a quality organization
 with staying and rebound skills."
     A native of East St. Louis, Ill., Joyner-Kersee established the current
 world heptathlon record at the 1988 Olympics and owns the American long jump
 record.  She attended UCLA on a basketball scholarship and graduated in 1985
 with a degree in History.
     Only five other people have been bestowed an "Honorary Harlem
 Globetrotter" during the 72-year history of the team.  Dr. Henry Kissinger
 became the first recipient in 1976 and was followed by comedian Bob Hope in
 1977, actress-comedian Whoopi Goldberg in 1989, Basketball Hall of Famer
 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar following his retirement in 1989, and President Nelson
 Mandela of South Africa in 1996.
     The Globetrotters tipped off their 1999 World Tour on December 18th at
 Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.  The team is currently
 touring throughout the United States and Canada, appearing in over 200 cities
 from December to April.  The Globetrotter's theme this season is "Memories.
 Always Different, Always Fun."
 
 SOURCE  Harlem Globetrotters