Even after a banquet at the Great Hall of the People on Tienanmen Square and exciting days in Beijing, I can’t wait to post a message received from home, from a dear friend and author, Becky Clark:
FLASHBACK to the good old days! Billie Jean King and I worked together at the national NEW AGENDA conference on girls and women in sport back in 1983 in Washington, DC. We co-authored a resolution together regarding girls and women with disabilities in sport. Was both a thrill and honor to work with her. Tonight they named the park that hosts the US OPEN the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center. It was an honor to work with Billie Jean some 23 years ago and it’s an honor and a moving tribute to all that she has achieved for girls and women in sport and society as well. The first female in sport to have a building/park/stadium, etc named for her! HOORAH, Billie Jean, YOU GO, GAL! Standing ovation and SRO! THIS ONE’S FOR YOU!
Becky contributed to two of our sports encyclopedias and her e-mails are always full of life. I’ve written about her on the blog a couple of times, and here’s a photo of us together the time she introduced me to another women’s sports hero, Pat Summit.