Billie Jean King is among the 22 'LGBT Champions of Tennis' being honored by the USTA
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June is Pride History Month and to help celebrate it, the USTA is recognizing the achievements of ‘LGBT Champions of Tennis.’
To promote an inclusive work environment for USTA employees who are either LGBT or supportive of this community, 22 LGBT players, USTA staff members and volunteers who have positively impacted the game of tennis were honored by Partners, the USTA’s LGBT Business Resource Group. Posters highlighting their accomplishments will be displayed in the USTA National headquarters office in White Plains, NY, as well as USTA offices in Carson, CA. and Boca Raton, FL, throughout the remainder of the month.
Honored players include: Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and Gigi Fernandez.
Honored staff members include: Joe Ceriello, Jan Adams-Richards, Karin Buchholz. Anne Davis, Fred Allemann, Karen Fletcher-Ford, John Lansville, Missy Malool, Bunny Williams, Ed Neppl, Marilyn Sherman, Jeff Williams and David Slade
Honored volunteers include: Mark Reiter, Winnie Fink, Martha Ehrenfeld, Jason Freed, Pamela Sloan and Dan Merrithew.
The USTA will also be conducting a special screening of ‘Queens at Court’ on June 19 at its National headquarters office. The first tennis documentary to ever be featured at Emirates Airline US Open Series events across the country, 'Queens at Court' examines the lives and backgrounds of four unique individuals who have formed a lasting bond through the sport. 'Queens at Court' creator and director Shiv Paul, along with a member of the cast, will be on hand for a Q&A session after the screening.
‘Queens at Court’ will be screened at Emirates Airline US Open Series events in Washington, D.C., Toronto and Winston-Salem.