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USTA Celebrated the 45th Anniversary of Title IX and its Six Annual Sports Diversity Symposium Discussing on a Panel with Legendary Billie Jean King, Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts  & USTA Chairman & President Katrina Adams at 2017 US Open !

NEW YORK(SMI-WIRE,09.04-09.10.17)On the evening of August 30th, the USTA hosted a panel event led by USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President, Katrina Adams for Symposium attendees in celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Title IX and was held during a Wednesday's afternoon on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King and “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts participated in the panel discussion focusing on the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Title IX Statute of the Education Amendments of 1972.

The Symposium was presented by the members of DISC, including, MiLB, MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, PGA of America, PGA Tour, RISE, USOC, USTA and You Can Play, as well as US Open broadcast sponsor ESPN, highlighting D&I best practices in the sports industry. Symposium attendees included Diversity & Inclusion practitioners, leaders of the DISC member organizations, leaders from sports business partners and related companies, as well as New York-based corporate D&I leaders. 


This year’s theme was the “Dispelling the Myths: Diversity in Sports is a Winning Business Strategy.” Attendees gathered to discuss various topics that focus on amplifying the business case for Diversity and Inclusion, and how the value of D&I supports business success in the sports industry.


“On behalf of the USTA’s Diversity and Inclusion department, I want to welcome all of this year’s Symposium attendees, D&I leaders, and panel participants to the US Open,” said D.A. Abrams, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, USTA. “We are proud to gather and share best practices on utilizing Diversity and Inclusion to not only grow and expand our sports, but use D&I as a key strategy to ultimately succeed in our business units. Collectively, we have a mission to engage with communities and positively impact diverse audiences. I look forward to powerful dialogue and significant outcomes.”


Adams, King and Roberts discussed in front of a open audience the historic impact Title IX has had on women in sports, on and off the playing fields.  

“I am delighted and honored to lead the panel on Title IX and share the stage with two of the most iconic women in sports and broadcasting,” said Adams. “This year’s attendees are in store for an in-depth discussion on the impact of this amendment and how it helped to foster a path that led to opportunities for women to play any sport they choose without fear of discrimination. I wouldn’t have achieved the heights I’ve accomplished on the court, or in my current role in leading USTA, without Title IX.”

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