12/13/2012 08:31 am ET Updated Dec 13, 2012

Jackie Joyner-Kersee On Improving Communities From Within

Before she left home on a scholarship to UCLA, before she became an Olympic athlete, winning multiple gold medals in the heptathlon and long jump, before Sports Illustrated named her the greatest female athlete of the 20th century, Jackie Joyner-Kersee was a young child in East St. Louis, Illinois, wondering why a big, oddly shaped building was being erected in the impoverished city.

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