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President Obama Honors Billie Jean King

President Obama Honors Billie Jean King

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to legendary tennis player Billie Jean King, Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier and 14 others during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (August 12).

The President presented the medal to recipients, granting them the highest civilian honor in the United States. Other recipients included: Stephen Hawking, Sen. Edward Kennedy, Harvey Milk, Jack Kemp, Sandra Day O’Connor and Desmond Tutu.

Billie Jean King is the founder of the Women’s Sports Foundation, a national charitable educational organization dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through physical activity. She has tirelessly worked with this organization to equally encourage sons and daughters to be active and healthy. To support this cause, donate to WomensSportsFoundation.org!

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Photos: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Posted to: Barack Obama, Billie Jean King, Sydney Potier

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