Grade 6

Theme 5: Doers and Dreamers

A Kind of Grace

A Kind of Grace by Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Warner Books

Meet the Author

Jackie Joyner-Kersee In 1975, Jackie Joyner saw a television movie about Babe Didrikson. Didrikson, one of the greatest athletes of all time, competed in a range of sports, from track and field to baseball, swimming, and golf, from the 1930s to the 1950s. The movie inspired Joyner to try multiple sporting events. At age 13, she had already begun competing in track-and-field events. In high school she played volleyball and led her basketball team to a state championship. As she prepared to go to college, she was offered scholarships in both track and basketball. She accepted the latter and played in the position of forward for four years, earning All-America honors.

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