Ideas and Issues, IUP’s premier lecture series presented by
the Lively Arts, will host Billie Jean King, former tennis great and 2009 recipient of the
Presidential Medal of Freedom, on Monday, March 31, 2014,
at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.
In her legendary and ground-breaking tennis career, King won
39 Grand Slam singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles and, more recently,
was part of the U.S. delegation to the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. She may
be best known for defeating Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes,” an
historic match that changed the playing field for gender equality
In 1974, she cofounded World Team Tennis, a revolutionary
co-ed professional tennis league, and the Women’s Sports Foundation. Now in its 39th season and known as the
Mylan World Team Tennis, WTT showcases the best in professional team tennis
competing for the King Trophy.
In 2006, her accomplishments both on and off the court were
recognized when the home of the U.S. Open was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King
National Tennis Center. In 2007,
she cofounded GreenSlam, an organization dedicated to improving the greening of
sports. The following year, King released her first book in more than 20 years. Titled Pressure is a Privilege, the
book shares a collection of life lessons she has used throughout her life and
King has created new inroads for both genders in and out of
sports throughout her celebrated career and continues her life’s mission to help
the underserved, most notably through her efforts to provide programming and
funding for those infected, affected, or at risk of HIV/AIDS through her work
with the Elton John AIDS Foundation. As a member of the organization’s board of trustees, King has helped the
organization raise more than $225 million in support of programs in 55
countries around the world.
Tickets for this March 31 lecture are available, free of
charge, at the Hadley Union Building on the IUP campus. Remaining tickets will be available at
the door one hour prior to the lecture.
For more information, call the Lively Arts at (724) 357-2787.
The Ideas and Issues series is funded by the Student Cooperative
Association and managed by the Lively Arts of the College of Fine Arts.
March 31, 20148:00 p.m.Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
Tickets are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building ticket office, open daily and located along Pratt Drive. If you need directions, hours, or other information, please contact the HUB ticket office at 724-357-1313. Tickets remaining will be available at the door starting at 7:00 p.m. on March 31 at the Performing Arts Center ticket office, Fisher Auditorium. If you wish to bring a group with more than four people, please contact the Lively Arts directly at 724-357-2787 (ARTS). Tickets are required, but are free.
A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, King is a pioneer for women’s equality and the advancement of women in sports. Winning an astounding 39 Grand Slam titles in her career, she continues to make her mark as her enduring accomplishments reverberate far beyond the tennis courts.
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