\It’s better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Few athletes in any sport have risen to more lofty heights than track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Her unmatched physical talents earned her the unofficial title of “First Lady of American Athletics,” plus six Olympic medals and a place on ESPN's list of the greatest athletes of the 20th century. Joyner-Kersee is not just an accomplished competitor, but a devoted philanthropist as well, having founded a namesake foundation to help children in her hometown of East St. Louis, Illinois. This quote makes up a core building block of the foundation's "Winning in Life" program, suggesting that having the confidence and knowledge needed to power through adversity is worth every moment of the preparation and hard work it takes to get there.