Billie Jean King celebrates 45th anniversary of Title IX

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2016, file photo, tennis great Billie Jean King, left, laughs, reacting to President Barack Obama's remarks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. King plays an intense coach in the upcoming episode of "Fresh Off the Boat." The tennis great stars Tuesday night on ABC in the "Michael Chang Fever" episode. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King celebrated the 45th anniversary of Title IX at the New York Historical Society.

King and friends of the Women’s Sports Foundation gathered Thursday night at the museum, where an exhibit of her life and tennis career is featured at the Center for Women’s History.

Title IX was signed into law on June 23, 1972. It opened doors for girls and women by banning sex discrimination in all federally funded school programs, including sports.

King says she started the Women’s Sports Foundation in 1974 to “protect the sports side of Title IX, to be a guardian of it.”

King won 39 Grand Slam tennis titles and lobbied for equal pay in the sport. She was joined at the event by WNBA President Lisa Borders, ESPN broadcaster Cari Champion and several pro athletes.

The New York Historical Society acquired King’s archives last fall.

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