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Women's Sports Foundation Hosted The Billies, Recognizing Media Excellence in Women's Sports and Physical Activity
Date:4/16/2008

ting a group of girls who forgot what it was like to

play simply for the love of field hockey

3. Journalism

-- "Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports"

-- Carol & Graf Publishers, Kathrine Switzer -- The story of

Kathrine Switzer, who helped introduce women's marathon into the

Olympic Games

4. Outstanding Journalist

-- Sports Broadcast Journalist Lesley Visser -- for her extraordinary

career as a sportscaster, spanning more than 30 years.

Among the attendees celebrating the nominees' insightful depictions of women's sports at last night's Billie Awards were Event Co-Chair Kathy Smith, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Master P., Drew Lachey, Keke Palmer, Doug Savant, Aimee Mullins (Track & Field), Diana Nyad (Swimmer), Greta Eliassen (Skiing), Julie Foudy (Soccer), Lyn St. James (Auto Racing), Mary Osbourne (Surfer), Michelle Kwan (Figure Skating), Rosie Casals (Tennis Player), Sarah Burke (Snowboarding), Tony Gonzalez (Football) and Tracy Austin (Tennis).

Sir Elton John, who is a long-time friend of Billie Jean King, added excitement to the evening by performing for the guests. His performance included a heartfelt rendition of "Philadelphia Freedom", a song he wrote for Billie Jean in 1974. In closing, Sir Elton John saluted the female athletes "who always put themselves on the line and rarely get the credit or recognition they deserve." He added, "Hey ladies, just know, I am on your side."

The Foundation also announced at last night's Billie Awards that the Women's Sports Foundation will be opening the Billie Jean King International Women's Sports Center inside the Sports Museum of America in May of 2008. When open, the center will be the first gallery in the United States dedicated to women's sports.

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