May 16, 1998
Geneva, NY — The presentation of the Elizabeth Blackwell Award to Billie Jean King in ceremonies last Friday, May 15, will soon be viewable on local television. The ceremony will be aired on FLTV Channel 12, on Wednesday, May 20, 6 -7 p.m.; and on Thursday, May 28, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Elizabeth Blackwell Award is given by Hobart and William Smith Colleges to women whose professional accomplishments and service to humanity help extend the legacy of the award's namesake, who was the first woman in America to receive a Doctor of Medicine degree when she graduated from Geneva Medical College in 1849.
King, professional tennis legend and pioneer and advocate for equity in women's athletics, was both lively and gracious in her acceptance of the award and in the comments that followed during the ceremony at the Bristol Sport and Recreation Center. While thanking the Colleges for using the award to recognize sports generally, and women's sports in particular, King also reviewed the early stages of her career in tennis, and those key moments when she became galvanized in the determination to not only become a great tennis player, but to change the landscape of women's professional sport at the same time.
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