Named one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” and a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Billie Jean King has long been a pioneer for social justice. King grew up playing tennis in the California public parks and won 39 Grand Slam titles. She helped form the Virginia Slims Series and founded the Women’s Tennis Association. She defeated Bobby Riggs in the historic Battle of the Sexes on Sept. 20, 1973. In 1974 King co-founded World TeamTennis and the Women’s Sports Foundation. In 2006, the National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in honor of her accomplishments on and off the court and in 2014 President Obama named King to the Presidential Delegation for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. King serves on the boards of the Women’s Sports Foundation, the Andy Roddick Foundation, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and is a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
Freedom. Leadership. Equality
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
I usually type it all out and make it fit.
What's your best tweet?
Why should we vote for you?
I have been fortunate to live a life full of wonderful experiences, many of which have been on the forefront of history. It gives me an interesting perspective on a variety of topics and that is what I hope to convey through social media. My program is more about observations of the world around us and less about what I had for dinner last night.