Joetta is an Olympic athlete who has made an indelible impact in sports and business after her legendary 24-year elite career as a half-mile runner. Joetta represented the United States of America at the 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games and was voted as the USA's women's team captain for track & field. She is the President, Joetta Sports & Beyond, LLC, where she inspires people to "Discover their Champion." She authored a book entitled Joetta’s “P” Principles for Success: Life Lessons Learned from Track & Fields. The acclaimed book has been considered a tremendous resource to both corporate executives and to the youth.
The New Jersey-native established the Joetta Clark's Sports Foundation in 2002 to promote involvement with physical activities for girls and boys in grades K-12. The Foundation is committed to teaching good health and positive work ethics associated with participation in sports. In addition, it strives to introduce the different opportunities to children in the sports and entertainment industries and focuses on the correlation between academics and athletics. The Foundation’s annual programs include the Financial & Fitness Expo the Head 2 Toe® Fitness program, the Fitness Challenge®, Eliminate Excuses™, TyJo and Joetta’s Geniuses.
During her career running in both the 800 and 1,500 meters Joetta was ranked among the Top-10 Americans for over 21 years. From 1991 until 1998, she was ranked in the Top-10 in the world and was an 11-time USA National Champion. Additionally, from 1979 until 2000, the year she officially retired, Joetta competed in 20 USA Indoor and Outdoor Championships and six Olympic Trials. In addition, she has set World and American records and captured World Championship medals.
Joetta is not the only athlete who accomplished greatness in her family though. In 2000, Joetta was joined by younger sister Hazel Clark, sister-in-law Jearl Miles-Clark and their coach, brother JJ to make Olympic history as the only family to comprise all three sports on the Olympic Team in the same event. In addition, she is the daughter of Jetta Clark and noted national educator and Principal Dr. Joe Clark, who was portrayed by Morgan Freeman in the popular motion picture, “Lean on Me.”
In 2013, Joetta was named for induction into the prestigious New Jersey Hall of Fame. Also, among her long list of career honors has been her induction into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame, Star-Ledger Women Athlete of the Century, member of the Circle of Red (American Heart Association), Spokes Woman for the Mayors Wellness Campaign and many more.
Joetta left her mark prior to graduating from the University of Tennessee was inducted into the UT Lady Vol Hall of Fame in 2001.k
- Joetta’s “P” Principles for Success
- Bring Your “B” Game
- From the Locker Room to the Board Room
- Get Ready Anyway
- Why not YOU?
- Don’t Worry Who Pushed You In, Jut Get Out
- Determined to Reach Your Destiny
- Women have the Power
- Turning Trials into Triumphs
- You Must Be P.R.E.P.A.R.E.D.
- The Essentials of Effective Teams
- Success is Failure Turned Inside Out
- Dream It, Work for It, Achieve It