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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:

Val Ackerman 2016
Don Sabo, Ph.D. 2015
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
No Winner 1990
A Salute to Women in Sports, Volunteers, Contributors and Staff 1989
ABC Sports 1988
Eva Auchincloss 1987
Dr. Carole Oglesby 1986
Boy Scouts of America 1985
David Foster 1985
McDonald’s Corp 1985
Fred Thompson 1984
Girls Club of America 1984
Personal Products 1984
Coca Cola, Inc. 1983
Dr. Christine Wells 1983
WIBC 1983
Colgate-Palmolive 1982
Kathrine Switzer 1982
NJCAA 1982
AAU 1981
Avon Products 1981
Gladys Heldman 1981
AIAW 1980
Bonnie Bell 1980
Dr. Dorothy Harris 1980