KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/Submitted) -- A four-time Olympian, 15-time All-American and member of the Lady Vol Hall of Fame, former Tennessee track standout Joetta Clark Diggs has been elected for induction into the prestigious New Jersey Hall of Fame. The sixth annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Oct. 21, 2013 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.
Running for the Lady Vols from 1981-84, Clark Diggs led Tennessee to the 1981 AIAW Outdoor Championship, the first in Lady Vol track & field history. Over her career she claimed an impressive nine national titles and 10 Southeastern Conference championships. She is the older sister of current UT Director of Track & Field/Cross Country J.J. Clark.
“I am honored to be elected for induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame and humbled to know that the state has recognized me for both my athletic and social contributions,” Clark Diggs said. “This induction will leave an indelible imprint on my heart forever.”
Known as America’s most successful middle distance runner of all-time, Clark Diggs competed in the 800-meter race at the 1998, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics. She also competed in every USA Outdoor Championships from 1977-2000, and claimed 11 national championships. Clark Diggs was ranked among the top 10 Americans for 21 consecutive years and was ranked top 10 in the world from 1991-1999.
Clark Diggs, who was raised in both Newark and South Orange, currently serves as the Executive Director of the Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation, which promotes involvement with physical activities for school-aged children. She is also the President of Joetta Sports & Beyond, LLC and author of the motivational book, Joetta’s “P” Principles For Success.
She will be inducted alongside United States President Grover Cleveland, American revolution activist Thomas Paine, filmmaking pioneer Alice Guy Blache, sculptor J. Seward Johnson, Jr., NJ Governor Tom Kean, make-up tycoon Bobbi Brown, inventor David Sarnoff, philanthropist Ray Chambers, vocalists/entertainers Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, Celia Cruz, TV & film star Alan Alda, comedian Joe Piscopo, boxing champion Jersey Joe Walcott, Super Bowl-winning football coach Bill Parcells and Kathleen Di Chiarra, founder of Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
The Hall has inducted more than 50 Jersey legends since its inception, including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Gen. David Petraeus, Yogi Berra, Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Frankie Valli, Queen Latifah and Tony Bennett.