Backyard Badass: Meet Randy Fisher

first_imgCheck out more of Randy’s SUP exploits by following his YouTube channel. You can also learn more on the river surfing community in Fayetteville by reading this exclusive article and tuning in to this BRO-TV episode. Have a suggestion for our next Backyard Badass feature? Send us a name and a description to [email protected]! We’d love to meet the people that inspire you to #gooutsideandplay! Don’t let Randy Fisher’s crisp National Park Service uniform and shiny badge fool you — our next #BackyardBadass plays just as hard as he works. And with a backyard like the New River Gorge, how could you not?1GH_5175Meet Randy Fisher of Fayetteville, W.Va. When he’s not pulling long shifts (sometimes until midnight) as a ranger for the New River Gorge National River and the Gauley River National Recreation Area, he’s firing up some local surf on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). And by “local surf” I’m not talking board shorts and hanging out barefoot all day. Sometimes, when the surfing’s good in the New, the weather’s shit…like, 30-degrees-and-snowing, shit.Check out what Randy has to say on work and play in the New River Gorge in this month’s Backyard Badass feature.BRO: How did you get into your job as a park ranger?RF: I decided I wanted to be a park ranger in college. I went to Penn State and enrolled in their criminal justice program.BRO: Did you have an outdoorsy upbringing?RF: I’m originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, which is a very rural, cornfields-and-Amish type of place. But as a family we always traveled to do canoe trips, sailing, snowboarding out West, which kinda led me to an adventurous lifestyle. We were always visiting national parks, too.BRO: Canoeing and sailing isn’t quite surf SUPping. How did you get into whitewater?RF: I got a call from Zion [National Park] in Utah and went there to work as a seasonal park ranger. Someone gave me an old Perception Dancer kayak that happened to be laying around. I paddled in a reservoir and immediately, I knew what I wanted to do was get to more water.Randy Fisher New River DriesBRO: So I’m guessing that’s how you ended up in Fayetteville?RF: I moved to Fayetteville in 2005. About 4 years ago, the same thing that was happening to kayaking in the ’80s and ’90s was happening to stand up paddleboarding. I ended up getting on a board and just knew that I enjoyed the freedom of it and that that was what I wanted to do. Since then, I try to surf every wave in every way I can whether on a SUP or a river short board.BRO: So why SUP? What do you like about it?RF: I love just the freedom of movement, and being completely free of having to sit down in a boat or a raft. The view from standing up and seeing down into the water at the bottom of the river and seeing all the wildlife in the river is stuff that I’ve always missed in the past.BRO: What are your favorite rivers? Favorite waves?RF: It’s really convenient here [in Fayetteville]. I have two destination rivers right in my backyard. Surfing the Gauley is my favorite closely followed by the New. My favorite waves? Diagonal Ledges and the New River Dries.IMG_6728BRO: Surfing the New River Dries is pretty full-on. What’s it like?RF: There’s nothing else to compare to it…the amount of water and the volume of water that’s around you. My first time I spent about half the day just trying to catch it.BRO: How often are you out on the water?RF: Almost every day.BRO: Wow. How do you make that work with your long hours on the clock?RF: It’s something I need to do to unwind. I live right where I play, there’s no commute to the river, and I try to keep a nice simple life. You get so caught up in your work with the same people and after hours you hang out with the same peole and your only friends and your only life tends to be work, whereas being on the river has allowed me to bridge that gap and build relationships with the boating community.BRO: Being in law enforcement and surfing big waves makes me think your fearless. Are you?RF: I have a fear of heights, even though I perform high angle rescues and regularly walk across the catwalk of the New River Gorge bridge.BRO: What’s your favorite post-paddle refreshment?RF: Heineken. My fridge if full of the little green cans.BRO: Favorite post-paddle eats?RF: Secret Sandwich Society.CanyonDoors-GauleyRiver-RandyFisher-Hynson7-0-2BRO: Ever broken any bones?RF: Right collar bone by skateboarding, left collar bone by snowboarding, facial fracture, my eye socket, from mountain biking…thank goodness, though, so far I’m injury-free in water sports…knock on wood.BRO: Obviously adventure sports are inherently dangerous. So why do it? Is the risk worth the reward?RF: Definitely worth the risk. You do your risk management, you know where the line is and you know the line can be crossed. Now, sometimes you end up there accidentally, but most of the time you know where that line is.BRO: Any words of wisdom for people inspired by your SUP adventures but who respond with, “Gee I wish I had the time”?RF: It’s so easy for people just to say they don’t have time, but with a little bit of time management, there’s always time in that you just gotta make it a part of your lifestyle.BRO: What’s your go-to SUP gear?RF: Depends on the conditions. I paddle Boardworks, either their ocean long board, ocean short board, or SUP. Then of course helmet, PFD, wetsuit or drysuit, and a leash.last_img read more

Luiz key to Arsenal push for PSG fullback Kurzawa

first_img Loading… David Luiz is emerging as key in Arsenal’s pursuit of PSG fullback Layvin Kurzawa. Layvin Kurzawa Off contract in June, the France defender is now in talks with the Gunners about an immediate move to London. Kurzawa has just changed agents, with his new management close to Luiz, and he’s let the Brazilian know he’s excited about moving to Arsenal.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 2019A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombscenter_img L’Equipe says the defender’s agents have made it clear he should accept Arsenal’s offer and make the move immediately. And for his part, Kurzawa is quickly being persuaded about the transfer. Read Also:Arteta awaiting ‘security decision’ on Arsenal’s Middle East trip Arsenal will aim to agree a fee of €5-7m with PSG for the defender. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

MBB : Jardine’s mistakes prove costly in frustrating loss to Golden Eagles

first_imgCLEVELAND — The brash, bumptious attitude was missing. For 34 games this season — 27 wins, seven losses — it was there in front of Scoop Jardine’s locker. Win or lose, always the same display.Sunday, though, was different. Sunday, Jardine sat slumped in front of his locker in a chair. He spoke in a low, muted voice instead of the usual upbeat, animated tone. He had to reflect, not look ahead.‘Just sucks to lose,’ Jardine said. ‘There’s just so much you can say right now. Especially when we had the game won. It’s tough.’In a game full of Syracuse mistakes, point guard Jardine made a select few that proved to be key and helped cost his team a third consecutive trip to the Sweet 16. In SU’s 66-62 season-ending loss to Marquette in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, Jardine finished with just six points and six assists in 36 minutes.More glaring, though, were the three turnovers and the poor shooting night. He shot 2-of-8 from the field, including just 1-of-5 from beyond the 3-point line. And one decision in particular — his decision to shoot a perhaps rushed 3-pointer the possession after Marquette’s Darius Johnson-Odom hit the eventual game-winner — had him questioning his decisions.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Shot right there that I usually take — and I usually make,’ Jardine said. ‘But at that time, I probably should have tried to get to the rim.’In the first half, Jardine contributed to the Orange’s turnover-happy play after its quick 7-0 start. He forced passes that led to two consecutive giveaways. And in the second, SU’s floor general continued to make the kind of plays that made head coach Jim Boeheim issue his trademark glare from the bench.Midway through the second half, Jardine got the ball at the top of the key on the left side. Driving in, he tiptoed near the out-of-bounds line with nowhere to go. He flailed a pass up in the air for C.J. Fair, but Junior Cadougan of Marquette looked more like the intended target. Cadougan intercepted the pass and went back and forth with Jae Crowder down the court, and Crowder eventually found him underneath for a layup and foul. The free throw tied the game at 46-46.Boeheim stood up on the SU sidelines, hands on his hips.‘Our offense was fine,’ Boeheim said. ‘Except for the turnovers. The turnovers ended up being the difference in the basketball game.’Jardine was a part of the turnover that eventually led to Johnson-Odom’s second huge 3-pointer against the Orange this season, when Dion Waiters’ pass sailed and he dragged his foot backcourt.But what had Jardine and his teammates questioning him the most was his final decision that doomed Syracuse — his final 3-point attempt. Momentum gone but still with plenty of time, Syracuse had possession. Twenty-six seconds to make up a three-point deficit.‘We could have came down and got a better play,’ Waiters said. ‘But at the end of theday, it’s all adrenaline.’It was the same adrenaline Jardine felt when he made two 3s in the final minute of SU’s eventual Big East tournament loss to Connecticut. Those sent the game into overtime.This time, he had the same look as he raced down the court. He was impatient. But he was going to be the hero again.He came off a screen at the top of the key. Crowder backed off the slightest bit. Jardine saw his chance. He pulled up and fired. Off the backboard and out.‘We could have probably got a better shot off a set,’ SU forward Kris Joseph said. ‘But he made the same two shots against UConn, so you can’t really blame him for taking a shot.’The shot banged wildly off the glass with barely any chance for an offensive rebound. Cadougan secured it in his grasp for Marquette. This rebound, he wouldn’t let get away.Jardine raced again — this time helplessly — to the ball and fouled Cadougan with the game firmly in the Golden Eagles’ grasp as well.Through it all — sullen and surly in his chair— he was defiant. Marquette, he reiterated, was not the better team Sunday. Until the final minutes when, he admitted, the Golden Eagles made plays. Plays that defined both sides and eventually defined the outcome.‘We clearly were the better team,’ Jardine said. ‘They just made the better plays down the stretch to win the game.’[email protected] Published on March 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

March Madness 2019: Michigan State won’t stop fighting for No. 1 seed till brackets released

first_imgCHICAGO — The opponent on this day was Ohio State, but the teams Michigan State will fight against most furiously as the Big Ten Tournament advances actually were eliminated before the Spartans began competing.Illinois was the last team to lose in Thursday’s second round. Indiana was the first. They are responsible for half of the defeats on the Spartans’ resume, and it is those games that likely will keep Michigan State from claiming a No. 1 seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The Spartans also did not have good fortune in their nonconference schedule. They entered a tournament in Las Vegas loaded with big names, but their opponents in that event, UCLA and Texas, finished with a combined 33-32 record. North Carolina was in that field, and the Tar Heels tied for the ACC title. But they stumbled against UT and Michigan State missed the chance to play them.A championship-game shot at Michigan or Purdue in this tournament would provide the opportunity for another high-quality victory. Whether that comes too late is for the committee to decide.“We try to make it simple. We kind of just want to take every game to get better, not put too much pressure on ourselves,” center Xavier Tillman told SN. “And think, ‘OK, this has to prepare us for the championship.’ If we make a mistake, we want to go back and watch it, break it down and see how we can fix it.” MORE: Sporting News’ March Madness CenterAs long as the word “likely” is embedded in that sentence, however, Michigan State will attempt to continue its climb. The culture coach Tom Izzo has created through a quarter-century and now — yes, now, on this day — 600 victories will permit no course other than the one toward excellence.“Coach Izzo doesn’t hold back on that,” assistant coach Dane Fife told Sporting News. “Everything is geared to winning a championship, and getting better.”The 77-70 margin of MSU’s victory on Friday at the United Center makes it seem this was a struggle, but the lead was as many as 21 points before Ohio State put on an ornamental rally in the final minutes. MSU got 18 points and five assists from All-America point guard Cassius Winston, but perhaps more important to the goal of surviving through this weekend were the 14 point and 18 minutes delivered by freshman backup point guard Foster Loyer, both of those figures career bests.“This was our goal at the beginning of the year. We set out to win a Big Ten championship and a tournament championship,” senior forward Kenny Goins told SN. “We accomplished one goal, but we’re not done yet. We’ll keep pressing for that second title.”He said the question of their NCAA seed comes up “a little bit, but right now we’re just focused on getting this title.”The Spartans know what they let slip in the two Indiana games and their road trip to Illinois. Fortunately for them, it was not the Big Ten regular-season championship, which they coveted and were able to claim by completing a sweep of rival Michigan on the final weekend.But the best team in the nation’s best league fell to teams that probably (Indiana) and definitely (Illinois) won’t make the NCAA field. Part of that equation is the Big Ten is the best league because it is the deepest league. Even the teams that finished ninth and 11th were capable of defeating quality opposition.MORE: Top 80 upsets in March Madness historyThe Spartans could have done better and probably should have done better. But look at what they did.Here are the No. 1 seed candidates broken down by Quadrant 1 victories…12: Michigan State, Virginia10: North Carolina, Kentucky9: Duke7: Tennessee4: Gonzaga…and by Quadrant 1 and 2 combined:17: Michigan State, North Carolina15: Duke, Kentucky14: Virginia13: Tennessee10: GonzagaFour of MSU’s victories were against opponents ranked in the NET top 20. Virginia had three entering its ACC semifinal game against Florida State, which is ranked 19th.MORE: WIth Winston, Big Ten was always MSU’s to loseMichigan State has the disadvantage of playing in a league whose tournament championship game is scheduled for Sunday afternoon. It is difficult for the selection committee to factor those results into its seeding, except perhaps in the case of two teams whose seed lines could be interchangeable. The Big Ten doesn’t have another clear No. 1 seed candidate.last_img read more

NBA: Paul Pierce to join ESPN as full-time analyst

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Paul Pierce  AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLooks like it didn’t take long for Paul Pierce to find a new gig outside of basketball.After 19 remarkable seasons in the NBA, “The Truth” is set to join ESPN’s crew of on-screen NBA analysts and personalities.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Pierce’s new venture, meanwhile, mirrors his former Celtic teammate Kevin Garnett, who also transitioned to broadcast commentary after retiring from the sport.His number 34 jersey will also be immortalized in a retirement ceremony sometime this season.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Perez uncorks 28 as Lyceum goes up 15-0 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go00:54Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As confirmed by the sports network in a statement, the 10-time All-Star and Celtics legend will regularly appear in the “NBA Countdown’’ and “The Jump” segments starting next month.“I always had fun doing guest coverage with ESPN, so it is exciting to officially join the teams at NBA Countdown and The Jump,” said Pierce, who served as a guest on both segments during the 2017-18 regular season and playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I love hoops, my whole life has been about the game, so this feels like a natural evolution in my career and I can’t wait for the season to get started,” he added.Pierce’s toughness and bravado as a basketball player translated well into the microphone, as his often candid and opinionated commentaries drew rave reviews from viewers.last_img read more

Our mission is to gain full majority in Rajya Sabha, says Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu

first_imgVenkaiah NaiduFlaying Congress’s “negative role”, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the BJP is embarking on a mission aimed at giving “total power to (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi for development” by getting full majority for the party and its allies in Rajya Sabha on Sunday.   Instead of playing the role of constructive opposition, which is the need of the hour to put the economy back on track, Congress is “blatantly playing out a negative role,” Naidu alleged at a press conference.   To rejuvenate economic growth, the Modi government wants to take forward certain legislations, including those that were initiated by the previous Congress-led UPA government, that enable increased flow of investments, he said.   “Ironically, Congress is playing delaying tactics without any valid reasons. They are objecting to their own legislative proposals. How does one explain this?” he asked.   “Questionable conduct of Congress party gives out only one message that NDA government led by Modi should have clear majority in Rajya Sabha also so that development-oriented legislations are not obstructed by our opponents,” the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister said.   The Congress is shouting “Nahi Chalega, Nahi Chalega Modi” in Parliament, he said.   “If the writ of Modi does not run, whose writ will run? Is that of the ‘divisive and disgusted’ defeated Congress party and its co-travellers? Congress is adopting ‘obstruct Modi in Parliament mission’,” he alleged.   The Congress wants to hold NDA government responsible for some communal incidents not in any BJP-ruled state but in Uttar Pradesh, ruled by its political “co-traveller”, Samajwadi Party, he said.   “We can expect desperate and frustrated Congress and its fellow travellers to more intensely pursue divisive politics based on caste, creed and religion in pursuance of their goal of ‘stop the march of Modi’.   “Now, BJP’s mission should be ‘total power to Modi for development’. Strategy to achieve this mission would be victory of BJP and its allies in all the Assembly polls that are going to be held from now on so that NDA government gets full majority in Rajya Sabha. This is essential to translate the Lok Sabha verdict of growth and development into reality,” Naidu said.   He said cadres of BJP and its allies in poll-bound states should seek two votes – one for local government and another for ‘Modi government’ – to accomplish Modi’s “Mission of development”.advertisementlast_img read more

Jordan Spieth refuses interview after 3rd round of PGA Championship

first_imgJordan Spieth hits out of a bunker on the 15th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)FARMINGDALE, N.J. — Jordan Spieth’s third round in the final group of the PGA Championship with runaway leader Brooks Koepka will have to speak for itself.Spieth didn’t talk to the media.ADVERTISEMENT Minutes after signing his scorecard on a scrambling round of 2-over 72, the 25-year-old Texan refused a request by The Associated Press for an interview.A man with Spieth said no one in the media had asked to talk to the player after the round and he was not going to do a one-on-one interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSpieth, looking to become the sixth player to win the career Grand Slam, spent five minutes signing autographs for fans around the putting green at Bethpage Black. He then started to walk to the clubhouse when he was approached again by the AP, once more asking for an interview.He was polite in his refusal, but he would not discuss his round that included two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. He will enter the final round tied for eighth place with Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele at 3 under, nine shots behind Koepka, who has a seven-shot lead. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In the eight stroke-play events this year when he played on the weekend, Spieth on average has finished 14.5 strokes behind the winner. He has yet to finish in the top 20, with his best result a tie for 21st at the Masters. Chris Wondolowski breaks Landon Donovan’s MLS goals record Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “I did eight (interviews) yesterday and I think I have said most everything to be said,” Spieth said as he turned and walked away. “I’m good.”Spieth, who shot 69 and 66 in his opening two rounds, said he would talk after the final round.His third round was all over the place on the 7,459-yard public course. He hit seven of 14 fairways, 10 of 18 greens and needed 30 putts. His main problem was he couldn’t get anything close to the pin. His birdies putts came from 13 and 7 feet on Nos. 12 and 13. His double bogey on No. 9 resulted after he found a greenside bunker from the fairway, had his bunker shot land 47 feet from the hole and three-putted.A shot from the fairway to a greenside bunker also cost him a bogey at No. 4. Missing the fairway led to a bogey at No. 16.Spieth is winless since the 2017 British Open at Royal Birkdale. He had chances on the back nine of two majors last year and failed to capitalize.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Serena and Venus Williams Join Advisory Board of the Billie Jean King

first_imgTennis icons and equal rights champions, Serena and Venus Williams have joined the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI) advisory board, it was announced today.In addition to their success on the tennis court, where they’ve captured a combined 30 Grand Slam singles titles, along with 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, and 4 Olympic gold medals each, the Williams sisters are strong advocates for equal prize money in the sport. They are also accomplished businesswomen and dedicated philanthropists. In 2016, Serena and Venus teamed up to establish The Williams Sisters Fund, which seeks to support various philanthropic efforts. Their first project, The Yetunde Price Resource Center, was created in honor of their late sister, Yetunde Price.Billie Jean King and the Williams sisters first met at a World TeamTennis clinic in Long Beach, California when Serena and Venus were young girls. They also worked together on the court when King was the Captain of the US Fed Cup and Olympic teams.“I’m thrilled to announce that my dear friends, Serena and Venus Williams, have joined the BJKLI advisory board,” said BJKLI Founder, Billie Jean King. “Without a doubt, they are two of the foremost athletes of their generation and true forces in challenging the public discourse on equality in sport and society. Serena and Venus will be tremendous additions to the BJKLI, and we are pleased to welcome them to our organization.”The BJKLI was founded in 2014 by Billie Jean King, her partner Ilana Kloss, and the global CEO advisory firm, Teneo, in an effort to move the needle forward on issues impacting equality and inclusion in the workplace. Since its inception, the BJKLI has partnered on industry-leading research and hosted a number of symposiums that have brought together diverse leaders from a range of industries to have honest conversations on the state of equality and how to broker tangible positive change.“It is truly an honor to join the advisory board of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative,” commented Serena Williams on her appointment. “Billie Jean has been an inspiration to me on and off the court, and I am excited to play a role in shaping the future of the organization and driving its mission forward.”“Billie Jean has been a role model for me and I’ve always admired her spirit of giving,” said Venus Williams. “I’m delighted to join the advisory board of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, and I intend to continue to do everything I can until Billie Jean’s dream of equality is made real.”The release of the Battle of the Sexes film in 2017 marked a pivotal year for the BJKLI. The organization celebrated at a luncheon at New York’s iconic Rainbow Room. The film, which is centered on the story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, highlights the inequality that existed between men and women. It serves as a poignant reminder that while progress has been made in the fight to achieve equality for all, much remains to be done.Building on the momentum of last year, 2018 is a milestone year for both the BJKLI and its founder. The BJKLI recently announced a partnership with Starbucks and support for the company’s commitment to global gender pay equity, encouraging others to embrace the principles of equal pay and make change. In the fall, the BJKLI will celebrate its fifth anniversary, and King will celebrate her 75th birthday. Events are planned to mark both occasions.The Williams sisters join other notable advisory board members including:Billie Jean King; IIana Kloss (Co-founder, BJKLI); Paul Keary (Vice-Chair, BJKLI and Co-founder & COO, Teneo Holdings); Christiane Amanpour (Anchor and Chief International Correspondent, CNN); Jason Collins (Former NBA Player and Civil Rights Advocate); David Furnish (Chairman, Elton John AIDS Foundation & CEO, Rocket Entertainment Group); Margo Georgiadis (CEO, Mattel); Maritza Gomez-Montiel (Former Vice Chairman and Deputy CEO, Deloitte LLP); Sir Elton John; Jonathan Kraft (President, The Kraft Group); Robert McCann (Chairman, UBS Americas); Pat Mitchell (Founder & CEO, POW! Strategies); Andy Roddick (Former World No. 1 and U.S. Open Champion); Pablo Salame (Global Co-Head, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs) and Michael Strautmanis (VP of Civic Engagement, The Obama Foundation).For more information on the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, visit read more