Billie Jean King Ideas and Issues Speaker

Posted on 3/18/2014 12:44:53 AM

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 career.

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.

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Ideas and Issues

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King

March 31, 2014
8:00 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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For more information, visit Billie Jean King, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.