Joetta Clark Diggs
Joetta Clark Diggs an Olympic athlete who has made an indelible impact in sports and business. In her legendary 24-year elite career as a half-mile runner, Clark Diggs represented the United States of America at the 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. Clark Diggs is a University of Tennessee graduate who has also made her contribution to society as an inspiring motivational speaker, respected businesswoman, critically acclaimed author, noted television /radio personality and an advocate for health and fitness initiatives.
The New Jersey-native established the Joetta Clark Diggs 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 different opportunities to children in the sports and entertainment industries and focuses on the correlation between academics and athletics. The Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation’s annual programs include the Financial & Fitness Expo the Head 2 Toe® Fitness program, the Fitness Challenge®, Eliminate Excuses™ and Joetta’s Geniuses.
The Foundation has brought happiness and education to over 50,000 children in the area. Clark Diggs is also the President of Joetta Sports & Beyond, LLC (www.joettasportsandbeyond.com), where she delivers messages of health, fitness and empowerment to corporations, colleges, medical programs and civic organizations. In 2009, she authored her first book Joetta’s “P” Principles for Success: Life Lessons Learned from Track & Field. The acclaimed book has been considered a tremendous resource to both corporate executives and to the youth.
During her career running in both the 800 and 1,500 meter competitions, Clark Diggs was ranked among the 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, Clark Diggs competed in 20 USA Indoor and Outdoor Championships and six Olympic Trials. In addition, she has set World and American records, captured World Championship medals and served as the Captain of the Women’s USA Team in 2000.
Clark Diggs is not the only athlete who accomplished greatness in her family though. In 2000, Clark Diggs 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, Clark Diggs 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), Board Member of the Raritan Valley Community College and many more.
Clark Diggs left her mark prior to graduating from the University of Tennessee. While in Knoxville, she was a nine-time NCAA champion and 15-time All-American. She would later be inducted into the UT Hall of Fame in 2001. Clark Diggs is married to Businessman Ronald Diggs and they have one child.
Spokesperson for the Mayors Wellness Campaign, 2011-Present
Spokesperson for EmPoWER Somerset, 2010-Present
Partner with Harvest of Hope, 2007-Present
GSA Depot Park & Recreation Advisory Committee, 2009-2010
Appointed to the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, 1997-2005
The Business Partnership of Somerset County, 2001-2003
USA Track & Field-Committee Member to review banned substance cases, 1994 – 1997
Inducted in the NJ Hall of Fame, Class of 2013
Unveiling of 36×36 Oil Portrait in Hillsborough, NJ for Outstanding Community Service 2012
Speaker for the Go Red For Women Events, American Heart Association 2012
Honoree for the John Hunter Memorial Camp Fund-Inducted into the Robert Douglas Hall of Fame 2012
Selected Garden State Women of the Year for Non Profit, 2009
Appointed to the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, 1997- 2005
The Business Partnership of Somerset County 2001-2003
Chosen as Sports Illustrated Hometown Hero
Received the VISA Humanitarian Award 1998
Distinguished Honoree Award-Somerset County Commission on Status of Women, 2001
Received Key to the City of Newark, 1990
Received New Jersey Pioneer of the 90’s Award
Track & Field Honors
4-Time Olympian: 1988, 1992, 1996 & 2000 Olympian
Inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame, 2009
Inducted into the University of Tennessee Hall of Fame, 2001
Featured on MSNBC News Broadcast, CNN and in Jet Magazine
Selected to Who’s Who of American Women – 2000
Selected by the NJ Star Ledger as the Women Athlete of the Century
Competed in every outdoor USA Championship or Olympic Trials since 1979
Ranked among the top 10 Americans for 21 years
Ranked in the top 10 in the world from 1991 to retirement in 2000 at the age of 38
Represented the USA on four Olympic teams in the 800m
Selected as the Women’s USA Olympic Track & Field Captain in 2000
Inducted into Penn Relays Hall of Fame 2004
Inducted into Millrose Games Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden 2002
Featured in Women’s Sports and Fitness Magazine
Featured Documentary on Madison Square Garden Network
Received New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Distinguished Award 2001