Tickets are now available for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s lecture series Ideas and Issues, which this year features tennis great and 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Billie Jean King.
As announced by the university last year, the presentation will take place March 31 at 8 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center. Ideas and Issues is IUP’s premier lecture series presented by the Lively Arts.
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,” a historic match that changed the playing field for gender equality.
In 1974, she co-founded 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 co-founded 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 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.