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Brittney Reese can now add a few more letters to her signature

United States' Brittney Reese waves as she wears the U.S. flag after she won the women's long jump final during the World Indoor Athletics Championships on March 19, 2016, in Portland, Ore. Reese can now add OLY as a designation to her signature.
United States' Brittney Reese waves as she wears the U.S. flag after she won the women's long jump final during the World Indoor Athletics Championships on March 19, 2016, in Portland, Ore. Reese can now add OLY as a designation to her signature. AP File

Gulfport, Ole Miss and US Olympic long jumper Brittney Reese can add a few more letters to her signature.

She posted on Facebook that the World Olympians Association has recognized her for her commitment to the Olympic spirit and espousing Olympic values.

As such, Reese will now be able to sign “Brittney Reese OLY” as her signature.

A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, Olympic long jumper Brittney Reese has set her sights on winning the event again. The athlete trains at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.

According to the WOA website, OLY provides a symbolic recognition of an Olympian’s status in society, promoting an Olympian’s social, charitable, and community-based work and acting as a reminder of their achievements and of their responsibility to embody the values of Olympism in everyday life.

WOA also explains that Olympians all over the world have the power, through sports, to do good in society as a whole.

Daniel Harris, 8, of Gulfport didn't plan to participate in the clinic with his brothers, but Brittney Reese's coach also coaches blind paralympians, giving him the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Olympians have a special capacity to use the power and neutrality of sport for the good of society, employing its unique potential to foster social cohesion wherever it is needed. Olympians also personify the values of excellence, teamwork and discipline – they can serve as role models to help bring communities together, across all ethnic, religious and social divides.”

The WOA was established in 1996 by the International Olympic Committee at the Atlanta Games.

Carla Young talks about how her daughter, Brittney Reese, struggled, and even considered retiring, after an injury and surgery. Now she is a favorite to win gold in Rio.

Kate Magandy: 228-896-2344, @kmagandy

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