Winning in Life

Athletics are the cornerstone of the JJK Center, because they bring kids willingly to our doors, and teach them valuable life lessons. However, sports are not enough to change their lives. Kids also need purposeful programs designed to support – rather than undermine – their social, mental, and physical health.

Our Winning in Life program is part of every practice, every game, every activity, everything we do.

The skills taught in Winning in Life are what propelled Jackie Joyner-Kersee to become the greatest female athlete of the 20th century. She was born and raised in East St. Louis, and if it weren’t for the community center there at the time, that gave her a safe place to train and the life skills she needed, she may never have found her path in life. Jackie developed this curriculum to give every child a shot at success – and even greatness!

Click here to learn more about the Winning in Life program.