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SMT Students Attend American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer Event Featuring Billie Jean King

June 6, 2012

Twelve students in Dr. Ellen Staurowsky’s “Sport Media Relations” class traveled to Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center to attend the American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer event featuring Billie Jean King on June 6. Students explored the Center’s outdoor courts and met other attendees at the start of the event. Billie Jean King also mingled, engaging guests in friendly conversation.

King addressed guests and acknowledged the remarkable efforts of the Coaches vs. Cancer organization. She also spoke about Title IX, her days at Wimbledon and in various leagues, and also mentioned the upcoming season of the Philadelphia Freedoms professional tennis team.

King created a legacy in the worlds of professional and amateur tennis, and made great advancements for female athletes. In her career, King won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women’s double titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Additionally, she founded the Women’s Tennis Association, the principal organizing body in women’s tennis, in 1973; the Women’s Sports Foundation, a charitable, educational organization dedicated to promoting girls and women in sports; World Team Tennis, an amateur and professional co-ed league; and the WTT’s Philadelphia Freedoms team. She also fought for gender equality in sport and society, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the U.S., in 2009.

“It was an awesome events, and a great experience,” student Kevin Rossi said. “It was great to meet the legendary Billie Jean King and Comcast SportsNet’s Dei Lynam.”

Tennis player and fan Raymond Featherman, an SMT student, competed in a challenge to hit a target on the opposite side of the court. He won, scoring a Coaches vs. Cancer T-shirt.

“I really enjoyed hearing Billie Jean King speak,” Featherman said. “Winning the T-shirt was just the icing on the cake.”