101 Jackie-Joyner Kersee Circle, East St. Louis, IL, 62204 / Cake artist: Linda Thompson

 

It makes perfect sense to have one of the most popular female athletes in the last 30 years have something named after her, especially in her hometown. Jackie Joyner-Kersee was born in East St. Louis in 1962. Winner of three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals, she participated in four different Olympic games. Now retired, Joyner-Kersee is involved in several philanthropic efforts. She may have hit the big time, but she never forgot where she came from.

The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center opened in 2000. $12 million was raised for the building, including donations from Anheuser-Busch and Monsanto. It was to help encourage children around the area to engage in sports and exercise activities. Unfortunately, the center was closed from 2010 to 2012 due to money matters and mismanagement, but it has since re-opened. Joyner-Kersee herself is on the board, serving as President. The building contains indoor basketball courts, computer rooms and a cafeteria. Also there are football, softball and baseball fields that are spread across 37 acres.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center with the cake in front
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center with the cake in front

Cake placement date: March 10

Where is the cake now?:  The cake still sits outside the front of the center.  (April 2017)

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation website

 

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