Serena Williams to be honored at the NAACP Image Awards

Serena Williams to be honored at the NAACP Image Awards

by Sebastian Dahlman

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Former No. 1 and 23-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams, will be celebrated at the 54th annual NAACP Image Awards for her incredible athletic achievements, as well as her off-court contributions.

Williams will receive the highly-coveted Jackie Robinson Sports Award, an honor presented to athletes who have excelled in their sports while also making significant contributions towards social justice, civil rights, and community involvement.

Throughout her illustrious career, Williams secured 73 singles titles on the WTA Tour, including a remarkable Open Era record of 23 major titles. Her historic 25-year career came to a close last fall at the 2022 US Open, marking the end of an era in the world of tennis.

But Williams’ impact goes far beyond the tennis court. Throughout her career, she has been a strong advocate for social justice, using her platform to bring attention to issues ranging from police brutality to gender inequality.

Previous recipients of the Jackie Robinson Sports Award include iconic athletes such as LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Wilma Rudolph, as well as legendary teams like the Harlem Globetrotters. Serena joins this esteemed group of sports icons who have used their positions of influence to make a positive impact in the world.

This year’s NAACP Image Awards will be hosted by Queen Latifah and will be broadcasted live on BET and other networks.

“Serena Williams is the quintessential example of Black excellence. 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. We are proud to honor and celebrate her with this year’s Jackie Robinson Sports Award.”

NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson

As Williams is honored with this well-deserved award, we celebrate her incredible legacy both on and off the tennis court. Congratulations, Serena!



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