Women’s Sports Foundation honors the game-changers who helped level the playing field in 2020

Women’s Sports Foundation honors the game-changers who helped level the playing field in 2020

By Christopher Price Globe Staff, Updated

On the 50th anniversary of their landmark decision that paved the way for the WTA, Billie Jean King and the rest of the “Original Nine” were honored Wednesday night.Chuck Burton/Associated Press

The coronavirus pandemic forced the Women’s Sports Foundation’s “Annual Salute to Women in Sports” to be held online Wednesday night, but the fact that the event — which was live-streamed via Yahoo! Sports — was held virtually certainly didn’t diminish the importance of the message.

Hosted by Laila Ali, it featured special appearances from Billie Jean King, actress Natalie Portman, figure skater Michelle Kwan, soccer player Carli Lloyd, skier Lindsey Vonn, and quarterback Tom Brady. And while the star power was an added attraction, the spotlight was squarely on those who have impacted women in sports over the course of the last year

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