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Professional Athlete

Mentor

Public Speaker

Olympian Keturah Orji ("KO") is quickly becoming one of the world's rising stars in track and field. Known for opening a new era of greatness in the American triple jump, KO is also an admirable advocate for equality and expanding access to opportunities for women of color.

The first American since 1974 to win four consecutive USA titles in the outdoor triple jump, KO finished fourth at the 2016 Olympic Games.  At the 2020 Olympic Games, KO hopes to become the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the triple jump.


Even with her monumental achievements, there is one thing more important to KO than gold medal glory. "I want my career to signify that you do not have to possess a certain personality, come from a certain background, or look a specific way to accomplish great things."

 

To fulfill her mission, KO founded a mentorship program for girls called Amara's Pride. KO created Amara's Pride to give young girls access to successful women they can relate to, so they can envision themselves succeeding as well. 

 

Today, KO competes professionally as a triple jumper and long jumper for Atlanta Track Club.

 
 

Competitions

Triple Jump

 14.72m

48' 3"

Long Jump

6.81m

22' 4"

ACCOLADES

 

 

Speaking

Engagements

Keturah is an influential speaker and passionate advocate for creating a more equitable, inclusive world where all people can feel comfortable being who they are. She wants her story to support the dreams of others, especially women of color, so that they can envision a promising future for themselves. Off the track, Keturah is a leader, mentor and role model. Her speaking engagements cover many important themes and captivating moments, including:

PAST SPEAKING HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2019 NCAA Inclusion Forum

    • Panelist​

  • 2019 College of Family & Consumer Sciences Annual Alumni Awards

    • Guest Speaker

  • Peach of an Athlete Role Model Banquet

    • Co-Emcee​​

  • UGA Indoor Facility Dedication

    • Student-Athlete Representative Speaker​

  • Project Triple Jump

    • Alumni Speaker​

  • Various Middle Schools/High School​s

    • Guest Speaker​

 
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