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Billie Jean King at the City of Club of Cleveland

Friday, March 30, 2007 at 8:26 AM

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Tennis great Billie Jean King with USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center. King spoke about the struggle for equality in sports and Title IX funding. About 400 people attended the event, which is part of The City of Club of Cleveland's Women in the Game series.

During one of the biggest weekends in women’s sports, legendary tennis star Billie Jean King brought a message of inclusiveness to Cleveland. Ideastream’s Tasha Flournoy has more.

One of the greatest women’s tennis players of all time, King underscored the importance of women’s sports and Title IX funding during a sit-down chat with sports columnist Christine Brennan at Cleveland State’s the Wolstein Center.

King said women lag behind men in college sports scholarships, and that about 85 percent of Division I football programs lose money that could go to other sports.

But, she views the struggle for sports equality, equality across all areas, as a joint effort.

KING: This is about boys and girls. Not just girls against the boys. We’re together in this world. Let’s work it out.

A champion for social change, King plans to continue working toward closing the gender gap. She wants to help create even more opportunities for women in sports as honorary chair of the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Tasha Flournoy 90.3

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