Thursday, January 26th, 2017
Tilles Center Concert Hall
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
Billie Jean King was named one of the 100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century by Life magazine and is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Billie Jean King has long been a pioneer for social justice. King won 39 Grand Slam titles during her career. She helped form the Virginia Slims Series and founded the Womens Tennis Association. She defeated Bobby Riggs in one of the greatest moments in sports history the Battle of the Sexes on Sept. 20, 1973. In 1974 King co-founded World Team Tennis and the Womens Sports Foundation. The National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in honor of her accomplishments. In 2014 President Obama named King to the Presidential Delegation for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. King serves on the boards of the Womens Sports Foundation, the Andy Roddick Foundation, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and is a member of the Presidents Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.