On August 12th, Billie-Jean King will be award the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. King will be recognized for her accomplishments off and on the tennis court.
Winner of the 12 Grand Slam titles and founder of the Women's Tennis Association, she states, "I am honored and humbled to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom and I share this recognition with my family, friends and those who have come before me, those who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others."
King will be one of 16 people including Stephen Hawking, Senator Edward Kennedy, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and actors Sidney Poitier and Chita Rivera who will be awarded in the White House's East Room.
The Medal of Freedom is awarded to individuals who make an exceptional contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.