March 28, 2017: Billie Jean King, tennis great and one of the 20th century’s most respected and influential people, will headline the second-annual ANA Inspiring Women in Sports conference.
The conference will take place Tuesday, March 28, from approximately 1-4 p.m. PST at Mission Hills Country Club.
King, a sports icon and social justice pioneer who became the first female athlete to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, will deliver the keynote address followed by a question-and-answer session with conference emcee Julie Foudy. Other participants include former World No. 1 tennis star Maria Sharapova, three-time Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Aly Raisman, 2014 ANA Inspiration champion Lexi Thompson, ESPN’s SportsCenter anchor Cari Champion and U.S. women’s softball team gold medalist and ESPN’s Sunday night baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza.
The entire event will be streamed live online on the LPGA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LPGA/videos/10154233317535684/
A TOAST TO AN ALL-TIME GREAT
The World Golf Hall of Fame and the LPGA will host a special press conference and celebratory toast for 2017 Inductee Meg Mallon on Tuesday, March 28 at 4:30 p.m. PST inside the ANA Inspiration Media Center.
Mallon will be joined by World Golf Hall of Fame President Jack Peter and LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, who will discuss her career merits and answer questions about the Induction Ceremony.
It was announced late last year that Mallon would be enshrined into the World Golf Hall of Fame during the 2017 Induction Ceremony, the week of the Presidents Cup in New York on September 26, alongside Davis Love III, Lorena Ochoa, Ian Woosnam and the late Henry Longhurst.
Mallon’s 18-career LPGA Tour victories and four Major Championships are just part of her winning make-up. A member of eight Solheim Cup teams as a player (she was captain in 2013), Mallon was recognized during the LPGA’s 50th Anniversary as one of the LPGA’s top-50 players and teachers. She also earned the Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year award in 1991.