BALTIMORE – Jackie Joyner-Kersee, six-time Olympic medalist and considered to be the "World’s Greatest Female Athlete," will keynote the 2011 US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion on Jan. 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center. The annual convention is the largest educational and networking opportunity for lacrosse coaches and officials in the world.
"US Lacrosse is honored to have such a world-class athlete and humanitarian deliver the keynote address at our 2011 US Lacrosse National Convention," said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse. "Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s accomplishments are extraordinary, and we’re excited to expose the national lacrosse community to her inspirational message."
Joyner-Kersee was named one of the 50 Greatest Athletes by ESPN and Sports Illustrated named her the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century. Additionally, Joyner-Kersee was the first and only woman to be given The Sporting News Athlete of the Year Award. In 2007, she received one of the highest honors as a recipient of the International Olympic Committee’s Women and Sport trophy for her active role in the advancement of girls through sport.
In 1988, Joyner-Kersee established the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Foundation, which supports the development of leadership programs in urban areas across the United States. In 2007, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, along with athletes like Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Mia Hamm, Jeff Gordon, Tony Hawk, Alonzo Mourning, and Cal Ripken, Jr., founded Athletes for Hope, a charitable organization, which inspires millions of people to volunteer and support the community.
"Showing grace under pressure is a universal challenge for coaches, athletes, referees and parents in every sport," said Joyner-Kersee. "I am honored to share my ideas and experiences with the attendees of the 2011 US Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore."
The US Lacrosse National Convention is the world’s largest lacrosse-specific educational and networking event for coaches, officials, program administrators and lacrosse enthusiasts. The 2011 US Lacrosse National Convention will take place Jan. 21-23 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland’s Inner Harbor. Registration for the event is open on US Lacrosse’s website at www.uslacrosse.org/2011convention. Those who register before November 15 will get an early bird discount of half off the regular on-site registration fee of $150.
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 300,000 members in 63 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.