Jesse Owens

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Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens was born in Alabama with the name of James Cleveland Owens. He was the seventh child to his parents. When he was a young kid his family moved to Ohio. When his new teacher asked what James´s name was she thought he said jesse and that is how he got his name. His track career started in high school when he broke some of his school records by jumping 6 ft in high jump then breaking the broad jump record by jumping 22ft and 11 and 3/4 inches. At a compition many colleges went after Owens. He ended up going to Ohio State University even though they couldn´t give him a scholarship for track. During college he worked many jobs like pumping gas, an elevator oprerater, and a waiter. He worked these jobs to support himself and his wife Ruth. He also did all of this while training and competing in college competitions.

Jesse Owens

James spend his life helping the under-rated kids of the world by going on speaking tours. James took pride in what he was doing for the community and it was the community was pleased to have James come and talk to the young people. James impacted many young people to reach for their dreams.

Jesse Owens died from complications due to lung cancer on March 31, 1980 in Tucson, Arizona. The Foundation continues to carry on Jesse's legacy by providing financial assistance, support, and services to young individuals with untapped potential in order to develop their talents, broaden their horizons, and become better citizens.

Jesse showed the world a preview of what was to come in berlin. With his bad back the coach almost didn´t put him in. Jesse convined the coach to let him compete. jesse won every event he participated in and broke 3 records he also tied another. Experts say it was the single hardest thing to do to this day.



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