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Virtual fireside chat with Billie Jean King benefits Indy junior tennis community

Tennis legend Billie Jean King is best known for her quote, “Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know how it feels to win and lose – it teaches you about life.”

Now you’ve have the chance to experience her greatness from the comfort of your home! Barbara Wynne, founder and board chairman of the Indianapolis Community Tennis Program has more about her organization’s virtual fundraiser, a “Fireside Chat with Billie Jean King.”

Join us for a free virtual fireside chat with Billie Jean King on June 30th from 5pm to 6pm. Serving as the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund’s annual fundraiser, this interactive conversation is one that you won’t want to miss!

Register to attend the event here.

Billie Jean King is both a Tennis Champion for her 39 Grand Slam Titles and a Women’s Sports Legend by promoting equality for Women in Sports. Through her Title IX support, she helped open the doors for women athletes to compete in College Sports. As the first President of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), she fought for equal prize money in Grand Slam Championships. 

One of her greatest successes was winning the Battle of the Sexes against Bobby Riggs in a match that filled the Houston Astrodome and had TV viewership of 90 million worldwide. She also won the “winner-take-all” prize of $100,000. 

She founded the Women’s Sports’ Foundation and World Team Tennis and remains very active in both organizations.  

Wynne commented, “Most of all, I deeply appreciate Billie Jean King’s support of Tennis for All. She supports Public Park Tennis Programs and has assisted our Indianapolis Community Tennis Program with her enthusiastic clinics and visits on three occasions. She did a four-hour clinic in 1970 when we opened 21 courts. Her enthusiasm motivated those attendees to be our first group of ranked players.  One of those attendees was Todd Witsken, who went on to become a National Champion and play the Grand Slams. Todd defeated Jimmy Connors at the 1986 US Open.”

Billie Jean’s excellence and expectations motivate you to set higher goals and try harder. I am so grateful that she is reaching out to our Tennis Program the evening before we begin our 57th Summer on the court on June 30th at 5 pm and you can register for free.

*Suggested donation of $100 per family. Your gift furthers our mission of teaching tennis as a lifetime sport for players of all ages and abilities. Each act of generosity directly invests in our youth, enhancing their lives through the game of tennis, while teaching life lessons and skills to use at home, school, and throughout life.

All proceeds raised through the Fireside Chat with Billie Jean King will benefit the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund, a 501©(3) organization. Your generosity directly invests in the youth of our community and ensures our program’s legacy and the unique opportunities we present endure.

If you prefer to donate via check, please mail to
Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund, Fireside Chat
PO Box 40534
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240

For more about the Indianapolis Community Tennis Program, visit their website and Facebook.