Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Eta Psi Sigma Chapter

Bro. Al Joyner






 Bro. Al Joyner, a star athlete and versatile track and field performer, won a gold medal in the triple jump during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angles and qualified for the 1981 Olympic Trials in the 110 high hurdles. After a stellar career as a track athlete at Lincoln HS in East St. Louis, IL, Bro. Joyner attended Arkansas State University. There he competed with their track and field team throughout his college career, and by the time he graduated was a three-time NCAA All-American indoor champion, a three-time NCAA All-American outdoor champion, a four-time Southland Conference champ and had placed 8th in the triple jump at the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

In 1984, Al traveled to Los Angeles for the Summer Games to compete with the U.S. Olympic track and field team. With a leap of 56'-7.5", he became the first American in 80 years to win a gold medal in the triple jump. Bro. Joyner was also honored with the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given every four years to the best American competitor in an Olympic Field Event. That same year, Al cheered his sister Jackie Joyner Kersee as she competed in the heptathlon. When she captured a silver in the event, they became the first sibling teammates in U.S. history to medal during the same Olympics. After his competitive career slowed down Bro. Joyner turned his passion for track toward coaching instead of competing. He has trained many famous athletes including his wife Florence Griffin Joyner and serving as an assistant coach for the UCLA Bruins track and field team. Bro. Joyner now focuses his time toward the Florence Griffith Joyner charity/scholarship fund and began directing the Flo Jo Community Empowerment Foundation, an organization dedicated to making dreams come true for the youth around the world. One dollar from every sale of "Running for Dummies" (Book authored by Florence Griffin Joyner) is donated to this foundation.