Fireside Chat with Billie Jean King

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I started to share my love for playing tennis in 1964 when the Wynne family moved into a home with a tennis court.   We repaired the tennis court before we furnished the living room.  Hundreds of families learned to play tennis on our backyard tennis court.

The asphalt court had a strong history going back to 1929. This history of famous players who had played or practiced on the court included Bill Tilden, Arthur Ashe, Bobby Riggs, Chuck DeVoe, Helen Wills Moody and Alice Marble. Four local junior national champions: Carrie Meyer Richardson, Todd Witsken, Ginny Purdy and Shawn Foltz all developed skills on the court. Most of the players were kids whose biggest accomplishments may have been winning a letter-sweater and making lasting a friendship.

Billie Jean King would have added that the biggest joy probably came from new friends and relationships and just having fun together. I am proud to have taught my favorite sport for over 57 years. I am grateful for the LOVE I have shared with so many families. 

My dream of extending the Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center at North Central High School into a Tennis Complex with eight indoor tennis courts for a year-round Program CONTINUES. The School Board and MSDWT have approved this concept. Thank you for your donation honoring this dream and making it all a reality for years to come.

I am extremely proud of my 50+ year friendship with Billie Jean King. Believe it or not, I spent one entire night laying the carpet-court at the State Fair Coliseum where Billie Jean King won the 1970 Virginia Slims of Indianapolis.  What we will ALL do for Love of the game. 

Thank you for your friendship, love and generosity. Love you, Barbara Wynne....aka "BB"  aka Mrs. Wynne.

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JUN
30

Fireside Chat With Billie Jean King

Tuesday from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Add to Calendar 2020-06-30 17:00:00 2020-06-30 18:00:00 America/New_York Fireside Chat With Billie Jean King Join us for a virtual fireside chat with Billie Jean King on June 30th at 5pm. Serving as the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund's annual fundraiser, this interactive conversation is one that you won't want to miss!

Join us for a virtual fireside chat with Billie Jean King on June 30th at 5pm. Serving as the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund's annual fundraiser, this interactive conversation is one that you won't want to miss!

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Life has changed. Schools are closed, summer plans are cancelled, and for the first time in 57 years our courts are empty. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forth many formidable challenges.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to hear from Billie Jean King about her experiences. King, one of the ‘100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century’ (Life Magazine), is the epitome of someone who has met challenges head-on, both on and off the court, using tennis as a vehicle to make an impact.

We all know that tennis is much more than a game. It is a catalyst for developing critical life-skills and core values. It is an integral part of our players’ lives. Our program serves as their summer home and extended family. Now that’s missing – at least in the traditional sense.

In an effort to keep kids active and engaged, our coaches have created a digital curriculum to continue providing meaningful instruction during this stressful time. Reminding them that the determination, discipline, and sportsmanship they have learned through tennis, will only better enable them to thrive now.

It’s no secret that institutions world-wide have felt financial strains as a result of this pandemic, and our organization is no exception. The funds raised at this special event will replace the loss of income from both programming cancellations and our annual in-person fundraiser, the Palooza. Your generous donations will allow our organization to continue operations by maintaining a limited staff, creating digital programming, and resuming regular programming and Midwest-level tournaments when restrictions allow.

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Join us for a virtual fireside chat with Billie Jean King, moderated by local business leader and tennis enthusiast Scott Dorsey. Serving as the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund's annual fundraiser, this interactive conversation is one that you won't want to miss!

Tennis legend, Billie Jean King will speak about her life, her connection to Barbara Wynne and the Indianapolis tennis community, and her tips for staying engaged in tennis during this pandemic. She'll even be taking questions from the audience! You are guaranteed to leave this conversation inspired and ready to face the current challenges head-on.

In May of 1970 Billie Jean heard about a growing tennis program in Indianapolis. In town for the Virginia Slims tournament, she agreed to stop by and do a short clinic with the kids. After discovering they were public courts and a community program she stayed 4 hours with the 150 kids in attendance (pictured above). Truly a moment that will never be forgotten, much like this upcoming event.

What: Virtual Fireside Chat with Billie Jean King, benefiting the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund
When: June 30th, 5pm ET
Where: Zoom Webinar (details sent after registration)
Cost: Free*

*Suggested donation of $100 per family. Your gift furthers our mission of teaching tennis as a lifetime sport for players of all ages and abilities. Each act of generosity directly invests in our youth, enhancing their lives through the game of tennis, while teaching life lessons and skills to use at home, school, and throughout life.

Don't miss your chance to experience greatness all from the comfort of your home—register today!

All proceeds raised through the Fireside Chat with Billie Jean King will benefit the Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund, a 501©(3) organization. Your generosity directly invests in the youth of our community and ensures our program’s legacy and the unique opportunities we present endure.

If you prefer to donate via check, please mail to
Indianapolis Junior Tennis Development Fund, Fireside Chat
PO Box 40534
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240

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