remembering Brown coach Jackie Court

For more than four decades, Jackie Court shaped legions of young women through gymnastics: as a coach at Brown University who led the team through a landmark legal fight for equity in collegiate sports, as the creator of the competitive gymnastics program at the YWCA, and as a seasoned judge assessing performances throughout the state. …

Court, of South Kingstown, died Easter Sunday, April 12, at age 81. In 1969, she became the first woman of color to coach at Brown. …

‘A woman who overcame everything’: Paying tribute to college sports pioneer Jackie Court

Jackie was the voice in the early development of women’s gymnastics in Rhode Island.  She organized the first tri competitive high school meet and USAG State Meet.  Jackie was Rhode Island’s first state chairperson and held the position for 18 years.  …

Black Gymnasts in History 2018: Jackie Court


Her son, John Court, is Head Coach at Arizona Gymnastics. His team was NQS #27 before the 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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