Sports legend and Poly High School alumna Billie Jean King joined Los Angeles Dodgers infielders Gavin Lux and Edwin Rios for a book distribution and reading event at Oropeza Elementary School last week.
The L.A. Dodgers Foundation is working with King to distribute the book “I am Billie Jean King” to all fifth graders in the Long Beach Unified School District. The book shares the journey of the tennis legend and her efforts as a champion of equality.
“The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation stands for equity and opportunity, which made this an important and logical partnership for us and to be able to connect it with the students in Long Beach makes it extra special,” said King, a Dodgers owner and founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative. “I hope these children enjoy reading this story and are inspired to live their dreams and create their own groundbreaking path.”
Last weekend, the Long Beach Main Library was named in King’s honor, and the Dodgers hosted a Billie Jean King bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium featuring LBUSD youth.
As part of the LA Reads literacy initiative, the Dodgers Foundation will host ten additional reading events in the school district.
“We are honored to partner with such an icon like Billie Jean King,” said Chaitali Gala, LADF Chief Operating Officer. “Her story, her work, and all that she stands for are such great examples for children everywhere, and now 5,000 kids will receive the gift of reading and owning her story.”