King, Jemele Hill honored for tackling homophobia in sports

October 6, 2018
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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2017 file photo, tennis great Billie Jean King poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "Battle of the Sexes" during the London Film Festival. King and former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are lending their names to Athlete Ally, a nonprofit targeting homophobia in sports. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Tennis great Billie Jean King and journalist Jemele Hill are being honored for working to fight homophobia in sports.

They are working with Athlete Ally, a nonprofit founded by former college wrestler Hudson Taylor.

On Saturday, Athlete Ally is celebrating the 74-year-old King for her efforts to win respect and equal rights for athletes.

King, Hill and rugby player Shawn Gatewood will be honored at the organization’s annual gala in New York City.

Athlete Ally has about 200 ambassadors to schools and sports organizations who seek to educate people on LGBT athletes.

The late Yogi Berra was among those volunteers. Previous honorees include basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and gold medal-winning Olympic diver Greg Louganis.


This story has been corrected to reflect that Abdul-Jabbar was previously honored by the organization.