By Paul Kurtz
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Tennis legend Billie Jean King was in Philadelphia Thursday to promote the sport and visit some courts she helped to refurbish.READ MORE: Search For Missing 13-Year-Old Jalen Maxwell In Philadelphia Intensifying
She stepped out of her car and like a reigning queen, was immediately mobbed by adoring fans.
Still going strong at age 70, Billie Jean King traveled to Hunting Park Thursday to help the Philadelphia Freedoms kick off their upcoming season and take another look at the refurbished courts that bare the collars of World Team Tennis. Freedoms General Manager Barbara Perry says King donated $50,000 to the effort.READ MORE: COVID In Delaware: Gov. Carney Says State Expecting Shipment Of 8,000 Doses Of J&J Vaccine After FDA Approval
“They were in horrible condition, they needed a lot of work and she said let’s do it,” says Perry.
The courts are now getting a regular workout from neighbors including Little Flower High School, which formed its first tennis team, much to the delight of King. She owes her career to public tennis courts.
“Just think, where I’ve been. I’ve been all over the world. Every single country in the world has a tennis court. It’s a truly global sport and it’s not just for rich kids,” says King.MORE NEWS: Two More Teens Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of Forrest Keys, UArizona Student Gunned Down In Campus Parking Garage
In keeping with the spirit of giving back, the Freedoms handed out more than 100 free tennis rackets to Legacy Youth and Tennis Education Center Team.