Serena Williams will be honored for her remarkable tennis achievements, business success and efforts to uplift the community at the NAACP Image Awards.
The NAACP announced that Williams will be given the Jackie Robinson Sports award during the ceremony. The award recognizes individuals that have distinguished themselves in sports along with their pursuit of social justice, civil rights and community involvement.
Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Magic Johnson, Wilma Rudolph and the Harlem Globetrotters were previous recipients.
“From her record-breaking wins on the tennis court to her business acumen to her philanthropic endeavors, she has set the bar for athletes everywhere,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP. He said Williams is the “quintessential example of Black excellence.”
Williams is rightly considered to be one of the greatest athletes of all time. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles and 7 Wimbledon titles as a singles competitor
Williams was an executive producer on the Oscar-nominated film “King Richard,” a biopic based on her family. She owns a venture capital firm and fashion brand that creates female empowerment. She published a children’s book, “The Adventures of Qai Qai,” and worked with two veterans to launch a cruelty-free topical pain relief and daily muscle care solutions designed to reimagine recovery.
Queen Latifah will host the 54th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, California. The event honors entertainers, athletes and writers of color.
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