Tennis great Billie Jean King, one of the most influential individuals in American sports history, will be the keynote speaker at the sixth annual "Get in the Game" Luncheon, to be held Wednesday, April 27 at Lorenzini's inside Chaifetz Arena. For the fourth consecutive year, the event will be presented by Boeing.
The reception begins at 11:30 a.m., with the program and lunch beginning at noon. Admission is free, although attendees will be asked to make a contribution to the "Get in the Game" scholarship fund. To RSVP, please contact The Billiken Club at (314) 977-8180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its inception in 2006, the event has raised more than $200,000 in scholarship funding to benefit female student-athletes majoring in business, and all proceeds go toward this initiative. SLU Athletics co-hosts the event with the John Cook School of Business, and has teamed with the St. Louis Aces of World TeamTennis to welcome King as this year's featured guest.
This year's recipient is Jessica Van Nostrand, a freshman on the SLU softball team. Past recipients are Megan Nigbur (track and field), Katie Merritt (cross country/track and field), Natalie Gamez (field hockey) and the inaugural scholarship recipient, Mary Moloney (cross country/track and field).
"The Get in the Game Luncheon celebrates women student-athletes at SLU and raises money to provide scholarship assistance for individuals attending the John Cook School of Business here at Saint Louis University," Saint Louis director of athletics Chris May said. "We thank Boeing for its continued support of this event.
"Few individuals have done more for women in sports than Billie Jean King," May said. "Dr. Ellen Harshman, Dean of the John Cook School of Business, and I are honored to welcome Billie Jean to this year's luncheon. We would like to thank Dani Apted and the St. Louis Aces for their partnership in providing SLU Athletics the opportunity to host a true American icon."
In addition to individual attendance, a limited number of VIP packages are available for $1,500 and include reserved seating for four, close to the podium, along with one SLU student-athlete and coach at table. The package includes a VIP meet and greet and photo with Billie Jean King from 11:00-11:30 a.m. Also included are two VIP parking passes for the Fred Weber Lot and recognition in official Get in the Game event program in addition to four tickets to the St. Louis Aces opening night at Dwight Davis Memorial Tennis Center on July 6, starring Lindsay Davenport.
ABOUT BILLIE JEAN KING
Named one of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century" by Life magazine and a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Billie Jean King has long been a pioneer for social justice. She is recognized for spearheading the women's movement in tennis and for her lifelong pursuit of equality in sports and in life.
King grew up playing tennis in the California public parks and won 39 Grand Slam titles during her career. She led efforts to form the Virginia Slims Series and founded the Women's Tennis Association. She empowered women and educated men when she defeated Bobby Riggs in one of the greatest moments in sports history - the Battle of the Sexes on Sept. 20, 1973.
In 1974, King co-founded World TeamTennis (WTT), the revolutionary co-ed professional tennis league. That same year, she founded the Women's Sports Foundation to advance the lives of women and girls through sports and physical activity. In August 2006, the National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in honor of her accomplishments on and off the court.