CASTRIES, St Lucia — Former triple Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee will be a feature presenter at the new Sport in Black and White Conference and Youth Forum to be held between June 10 to June 14 in Saint Lucia.
Joyner-Kersee will top an impressive list of sports and youth development specialists converging on the Caribbean island in June to discuss pressing social issues and how sport can impact the region’s high rate of youth crime and violence, said organizer and Saint Lucia-based charity, the Sacred Sports Foundation.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the upcoming Sport in Black and White Conference and Youth Forum,” said Jackie Joyner-Kersee. “Sport in general, and track and field in particular, has opened countless doors in my life and taught me some of life’s most valuable lessons.
“These are lessons I’ve tried to share with others throughout my life, particularly at the grass roots level. I believe there is great potential to utilize sport throughout the Caribbean to get young people on the right path early and to provide tremendous business and economic opportunity to this region. I’m also convinced that some of the world’s greatest athletes are somewhere in the Caribbean right now, and given the opportunity, quality training and the proper support, they will accomplish some amazing things on the field of play. I want to be part of helping to make that happen.”
The woman regarded by many as the best female athlete of all time will be joined by several other leading sports personalities, administrators and youth, said Delroy Alexander, chairman of Sacred Sports Foundation.
Already confirmed are stars such as ESPN/NBC soccer analyst Robbie Earle and top English footballer Jason Roberts. Other high profile names from the world of basketball and cricket are expected to be revealed this week as the final event line up comes together.