Built by Gulfport High Construction Technology students, this new monument lists Brittney Reese's athletic accomplishments to remind everyone of her amazing journey from Gulfport to the London Olympics.
To give students that extra push to succeed, Brittney announced her own scholarship fund. One male and one female senior at Gulfport High will each receive a $1,500 academic scholarship at the end of the school year.
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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -
It was a golden day for Gulfport's golden girl. Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese visited four schools Friday. Her final stop was Gulfport High, where she presented the school with a special gift for students. The school had its own surprise for the Olympic super star.
"Way to go Brittney, way to go!" the cheerleaders chanted as Brittney Reese approached Gulfport High's athletic field.
A sea of orange and blue greeted Brittney as she once again walked on the track where her Olympic dreams began.
"I'd like to say to Brittney, this is where you got your start in that south corner right there against my will. So I'd just like to say we have a lot of young women right here today who could be doing what Brittney has already done," said her former coach Prince Jones.
During a celebration for Brittney Friday, Gulfport High honored her with a track jersey that will be on display in the school's trophy case.
"And Brittney we'd just like for you to stand and just touch it," said Jones.
And the Gulfport Kiwanis Club gave the school a banner that shows the length of Brittney's jump, a feat that catapulted her to Olympic gold over the summer.
"Thank you for the humility and the humble that you are coming back to Gulfport to share with us a dream. I know you have had that start as Prince said started right here in this jump pit," said Gulfport Schools Superintendent Glen East.
"I'm not out here to just worry about myself. It's about encouraging young kids, not just athletes, everybody, to fulfill your dreams," said Reese.
And to give students that extra push to succeed, Brittney announced her own scholarship fund. One male and one female senior at Gulfport High will each receive a $1,500 academic scholarship at the end of the school year.
"For me to get you all motivated into going to school and finishing up school, and this is a huge thing for me to give back to my school and my city," said Reese.
To cap off the golden day, Gulfport High unveiled a special gift for its shining star. It's a concrete monument built by the school's Construction Technology students. The monument lists Brittney's athletic accomplishments to remind everyone of her amazing journey from Gulfport High to the London Olympics.
"This is great! I'm honored and blessed to be out here and be able to encourage the kids," said Reese.
And referring to her young fans, Reese said, "They're wonderful. This is what I do and what I love to do, so I'm just real grateful right now."
Mayor George Schloegel declared Friday "Brittney Reese Day" in the city of Gulfport. Brittney also visited Pass Road Elementary, Anniston Elementary, and Bayou View Middle School Friday. Her tour ended Friday night when she attended Gulfport High's football game.
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