Llewellyn Starks made a name for himself as a track star at first Jonesboro-Hodge High School and then later at Louisiana State University. The former LHSAA and NCAA champion in the long jump, who later became a professional track competitor and has for years now been a representative for NIKE Corporation, remembered his roots recently in a big way.
In a tremendous act of benevolence, “LeLe,” as Starks is affectionately known locally, donated NIKE running and jumping shoes to the boys and girls representing JHHS at the LHSAA Class AA state track meet that was held on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge on Friday. Starks kind act didn’t end there either, as he also gave the coaches from JHHS walking shoes as well.
“Can’t thank LeLe enough for helping our program out the way he did,” said JHHS head track coach Terrance Blankenship. “It is one thing to say you support your alma mater. It is another when you do the kind of thing that he did. He was already a legend around here, but we will remember this forever.”
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