Gulfport celebrates local legend Brittney Reese
The City of Gulfport gathered to celebrate the career of legendary long-jumper Brittney Reese.
Thirty-four-year-old Reese began her career at Gulfport High and graduated in 2004. She then went on to compete at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Ole Miss.
Reese finished her career as a two-time Olympics silver medalist, one-time Olympic gold medalist, and seven-time World Athletics champion.
The ceremony was held at Milner Stadium, where Reese’s career began, and featured a parade as well as speeches from family, friends, and coaches. Reese said, “You know, it’s a great feeling. You always want to have a support system when you’re an athlete so to be able to have the whole city behind me, the whole state behind me, you know, it’s always a great feeling. I’m real grateful to have everyone come out and be able to support me.”
Prince Jones, Reese’s high school coach, said, “I had a lot of good athletes and Brittney was by far one of the better, maybe not all, but one of the best girls I’ve ever coached.”
Reese was also a member of the women’s basketball team at MGCCC and was inducted into their sports hall of fame.