For 17 years, Jordan and Robin lived in the same city, played some of the same sports, and attended schools just minutes apart. They never met until one fateful track meet. In what reads like the premiere episode of Tia and Tamera Mowry’s sitcom, Sister Sister, the Jeters had no clue the other existed until that day.
Jordan, a junior at Wilson High School in D.C, was adopted shortly after her birth. Robin, a senior at Friendship Collegiate, also in D.C, bounced around from her biological mother, to foster care, to a legal guardian. For 17 years they lived within several D.C blocks of each other.
“At first I didn’t know I had any siblings,” said Robin. ”As time went on, I only knew I had one sibling, I didn’t know I had anymore.” And she didn’t know she had a sister until January 9th, 2013.
The reunion occurred during a track meet.
“My team was like she looks just like you,” said Jordan. The two talked briefly at the meet and once Jordan found out Robin’s last name was Jeter she started crying.
It turns out that they had much in common: same shoe size, same double jointed thumbs, they even sound alike.
“People can’t even tell us apart on the phone,” says Robin. “We’re always just playing around with people on the phone.”
While the interaction is now mostly on the fun stuff, more serious issues lie ahead.
“I think we should try to find more of our siblings,” says Jordan. Thus far, four of the siblings have been found and as they continue the search, Robin and Jordan can now do it together.
“It’s been so long I just feel like I’ll never be apart from her,” says Jordan.