PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) - As her Olympic gold medal was passed around the room, long jump champion Brittney Reese offered words of encouragement to Pontotoc young people about setting goals for themselves and sticking with it until they are accomplished.
Reese said, "I'm from Gulfport, Mississippi, and once I won the medal, I brought it right home and celebrated with my hometown. It was to show them how much they mean to me and how they helped me get to where I am today. I want to return the favor and go around to schools and show them what it means to work hard and how to achieve a goal."
This former Ole Miss track star competed in both the 2008 and 2012 summer Olympic games.
We asked Reese what's she's doing right now.
Reese said, "In track and field, we have world championships every two years. I'm the reigning world champion so that means I get to go back in August to Moscow, Russia, to compete. Right now I'm just starting my season here. I'll be at Ole Miss Saturday competing."
Of course there's always the preparation for the 2016 Olympic games in the back of her mind.
Reese said, "We'll get started and ready for Rio in 2016 when it gets closer."
It's a busy schedule that no doubt keeps her on the move.
Reese says there's always time to spend with young people who she hopes will stay in school, work hard, and always follow their dreams.