Billie Jean King Contribution Award

Tennis player Billie Jean King speaks onstage during the 30th Annual Salute To Women In Sports Awards at The Waldorf=Astoria on October 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for WSF) Tennis player Billie Jean King speaks onstage during the 30th Annual Salute To Women In Sports Awards at The Waldorf=Astoria on October 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for WSF)

The Billie Jean King Contribution Award is presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the development and advancement of women’s sports in general and to the Women’s Sports Foundation specifically and/or who has, through personal achievements or influence, inspired girls and women to become more responsible in their own health through sport, fitness or physical activity.

The award is earned by the demonstration of a continuing, lasting commitment and dedication to the growth of sports, fitness and physical activity for women and girls. The award, given since 1980, is presented each year at the Annual Salute to Women in Sports.

Past Winners Include:

Tegla Loroupe
2014
WNBA 2013
Birch Bayh
2012
Visa
  2011
Launny Steffens
2010
The Gatorade Company
2009
Sony Ericsson WTA Tour
2008
Michelle Kwan
2007
Dr. Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney
2006
(No Winner)
2005
Robin Roberts
2004
Nancy Lopez
2003
Joseph F. Cullman 3rd
2002
Ladies Professional Golf Association
2001
Charles M. Schulz
2000
Deborah Slaner Larkin
1999
Dr. Linda Bunker
1998
Dr. Alpha Alexander
1997
Dr. Anita DeFrantz
1996
Dr. Christine Grant
1995
Cappy Productions
1994
Judy Mahle Lutter
1993
The National Women’s Law Center
1992
Sara Lee Corporation Dr. Vivan Acosta & Dr. Linda Carpenter
1991



 

Published Aug 17, 2011
By Women's Sports Foundation

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AUGUST 24, 2010: The Women's Sports Foundation will celebrate the accomplishments of the top women athletes at the 31st Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards gala on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. An impressive list of elite athletes from 20 different sports is vying for the evening’s top honors – Sportswoman of the Year – Individual and Team awards.

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