Olympic Gold Medalist Carmelita Jeter and Basketball Star Eugene Jeter III Bring Thanksgiving Turkey Drive to the City of Gardena

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The fastest woman alive, Carmelita Jeter, her brother Eugene "Pooh" Jeter III and their family give back to their hometown of Gardena, California this holiday season.

Carmelita Jeter, alongside her brother Eugene “Pooh” Jeter III, will hold a turkey drive this Saturday November 22 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Rowley Park in Gardena, CA to families in need this Thanksgiving season. The Jeters will donate 250 turkeys on Saturday.

Carmelita Jeter, is a renowned sprinter and three time Olympic medalist who many know from her success at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Eugene “Pooh” Jeter III is also an accomplished athlete, formerly of the NBA now playing basketball internationally as a point guard for the Shandong Hi Speed of the Chinese Basketball League. The siblings grew up in the city of Gardena, California, miles outside of Los Angeles, and felt it important to give back to the community that shaped their lives.

“My number one goal is to bring unity, support and opportunities to the city of Gardena. Gardena is where I grew up, so this is home for me,” Carmelita Jeter said. “So for me to come back and give love here is a no brainer - to positively affect the community where I grew up is a must.”

This will be the first turkey drive the Jeter family executes on November 22. Eugene Jeter will be in China on the day of the drive, but provided full efforts in helping make the drive come to fruition.

“I love Gardena. I represent Gardena when I travel around the world,” Eugene Jeter said. “This is Team Jet’s first time doing a Thanksgiving turkey drive, and we felt it was only right we do it in our city, Gardena. I’m so sorry I can’t be there to enjoy this moment with you as I am in China for the start of our season.”

The Jeters, also known as “TeamJet” (#teamjet), has full support and backing from the Mayor’s office and the City Council of Gardena.

In a statement, the Mayor’s office said, “The Mayor and City Council of Gardena appreciates Carmelita, Eugene and the Team Jet Foundation for helping and feeding our residents this holiday season.

Rowley Park in Gardena, California is located at 13220 Van Ness Avenue Gardena, CA 90249. For more information on Carmelita Jeter and the Team Jet Foundation, visit http://www.carmelitajeter.com

Follow Carmelita Jeter on Twitter: @carmelitajeter
Follow Eugene Jeter on Twitter: @poohjeter


Carmelita “The Jet” Jeter, the fastest woman in the world and top American Sprinter, is in the midst of preparing to complete in the 2015 World Championship in Beijing, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Born and raised in Gardena, California and a graduate of California State University, Dominguez Hills, Jeter took home her first medal in 100m at her first World Championships in 2007. Years later, Jeter has won an array of races and earned numerous medals and has now become the fastest woman in the world. In the 2012 Olympics, Carmelita won Gold in the 4x100m relay, Silver in the 100m and Bronze in the 200m making her the first athlete to ever medal in both the 100m and 200m race at the Olympics. Additionally, Carmelita anchored the 2012 US Olympic 4x100m relay team that smashed the old record by more than a half of a second.


Eugene “Pooh” Jeter III is a professional basketball player born and raised in Gardena, California. Jeter got his start internationally, signing a deal BC Kyiv of Ukraine. A few years later, Jeter returned to the states to play for the NBA Sacramento Kings. After playing for the NBA, Jeter returned to Europe, which lead him to his contract now currently playing for the Shandong Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

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