Jesse Owens! An indisputable “legend in the spirit of the Olympic games”.
He won four track and field gold medals at one Olympic Games—a record unbroken for the next 48 years!
Grandson of a slave and son of a sharecropper, Jesse Owens participated on the world scene when being a great champion didn’t translate into an easy life—before or after!
But Jesse used his influence to sponsor and participate in youth sports programs in inner-city neighborhoods. His speeches stressing the importance of “religion, hard work, and loyalty.”
After his death, his wife said in an interview:
“Jesse had dignity and a hope that sustained him in rough times”. . .and quoting Jesse: “Life has always been a race. It’s like Paul said—you run it as well as you can, as long as you can!”
The Bible: Impacting the 2016 Olympic Games!