Billie Jean King Nominated – Show Your Support!

USTA President Katrina Adams announced recently that legendary tennis champion Billie Jean King has been nominated for the Congressional Gold Medal, in recognition of Billie’s countless achievements and contributions to athletics, women’s rights, LGBT rights and social justice.

The Congressional Gold Medal is bestowed by the U.S. Congress to recognize outstanding contributions to American culture.

Along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (which King received in 2009 from President Barack Obama), it ranks as the highest civilian award in the country. This award would be a wonderful—and altogether fitting—complement to that outstanding recognition for a true champion whose courage and commitment have not only helped to change the face of our sport, but also of our society.

This proposed legislation already has the endorsement of many national foundations and associations, including the USTA. The USTA encourages you to add your voice to that legion of endorsements by contacting your local congressperson to express your support, and by posting your own approval of this important effort on social media, using the hashtag #BJKGoldMedal.

Let’s all get behind this legislation to recognize one of our sport’s greatest champions with one of our country’s most prestigious awards!

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  1. Billie Jean is a worthy recipient for the Congressional Gold Medal. Her contributions to equal pay for professional women athletes and her work for LGBTQ rights is commendable! I fully support her nomination.

    • Thank you Liane. Please ask others to add their voices by contacting their local congressperson to express support, and by posting their own approval of this important effort on social media, using the hashtag #BJKGoldMedal.

  2. I strongly support this nomination and am proud that Billie is out there to represent all of us.

    • Thank you Catherine. Please ask others to add their voices by contacting their local congressperson to express support, and by posting their own approval of this important effort on social media, using the hashtag #BJKGoldMedal.

  3. This would be a much-deserved honor!

    • Thank you Jill. Please ask others to add their voices by contacting their local congressperson to express support, and by posting their own approval of this important effort on social media, using the hashtag #BJKGoldMedal.

  4. This would be a great honor for a wonderful advocate.

    • Thank you Jill. Please ask others to add their voices by contacting their local congressperson to express support, and by posting their own approval of this important effort on social media, using the hashtag #BJKGoldMedal.

  5. I support Billie Jean King to receive the # Gold Medal, because I have watch her in all the years in tennis…good go!! my girl-friend from Long Beach. I play tennis at this age-78yrs and wish someday to meet you . Keep on !!!

    Mary Diaz , Whittier, Ca

    • Thank you Mary. Please ask others to add their voices by contacting their local congressperson to express support, and by posting their own approval of this important effort on social media, using the hashtag #BJKGoldMedal.

  6. Congrats to BJK on her award you are a lady of great achievements and detication to the betterment of our sport the people in it and LGBT rights. Thank you for being you!

    • Thank you Tom. Please ask others to add their voices by contacting their local congressperson to express support, and by posting their own approval of this important effort on social media, using the hashtag #BJKGoldMedal.

  7. Congratulations, Billie Jean!

    • Thank you Charles. Please ask others to add their voices by contacting their local congressperson to express support, and by posting their own approval of this important effort on social media, using the hashtag #BJKGoldMedal.

  8. Yes, she deserves this honor. I love Billie Jean King and all she stands for.

    • Thank you Lyann. Please ask others to add their voices by contacting their local congressperson to express support, and by posting their own approval of this important effort on social media, using the hashtag #BJKGoldMedal.

  9. A deserving medal of recognition for Ms King who has done everything for Women’s Rights. I am honored to have met her and wish her continued success.

    • Thank you Mona. Please ask others to add their voices by contacting their local congressperson to express support, and by posting their own approval of this important effort on social media, using the hashtag #BJKGoldMedal.

  10. It’s about time,go Billy!

    • Thank you Billy. Please ask others to add their voices by contacting their local congressperson to express support, and by posting their own approval of this important effort on social media, using the hashtag #BJKGoldMedal.

  11. I support the nomination of legendary tennis champion Billie Jean King for the Congressional Gold Medal, in recognition of Billie’s countless achievements and contributions to athletics, women’s rights, LGBT rights and social justice.

    • Thank you Claudia. Please ask others to add their voices by contacting their local congressperson to express support, and by posting their own approval of this important effort on social media, using the hashtag #BJKGoldMedal.

  12. Love you and iwish the.very best

  13. BJK rightfully deserves this award for her humanitarian efforts and bringing Title IX to enactment, economic equality in tennis, and being a pioneer for social justice.

  14. I support the nomination of Billy Jean King for the Congressional Gold Medal

  15. Billie Jean has done a lot for women’s tennis, made many contributions to athletics, and pushed for women’s rights and has been powerful force for women athletics.She should be recogonized for her accomplishments.

  16. I grew up watching Billie Jean King play tennis, and continued to watch her shatter records and simultaneous work for women’s causes despite the price she was paying (in losses and dollars) with her professional tennis career. She has been an inspiration for me and so many other women, and has contributed to women’s sports and the equalization of women, women’s rights, etc. Her contribution goes so far beyond sports! We are forever grateful! Thank you Billie Jean!
    Marion Klein – a fan!

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