Robin Roberts on her health, career and her latest project for ESPN, “Nine for IX.” Plus, a revealing interview with tennis superstar Venus Williams about her next career move and sibling rivalry. And, sportscaster Hannah Storm and Whoopi Goldberg share their passion for powerful women in sports.
Robin Roberts is one of the most recognizable faces in morning TV as co-host of Good Morning America and has been an inspiration for millions. Robin has been honored for her public battle with breast cancer and recently revealed her struggles with a rare blood disease. As ESPN’s first African American female anchor, Robin is now getting back in touch with her sporty side as the executive producer of ESPN’s new film series Nine for IX. She’s sharing the stories of incredible women who have been an inspiration to her.
“I am a proud product of Title IX” –Robin Roberts
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) July 11, 2013
Whoopi Goldberg also has a fierce passion for sports. In her spare time from co-hosting The View, Whoopi has executive produced Coach, telling the story of the very prolific Rutgers women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer.
“She loves the folks that play for her.” –Whoopi Goldberg
— Kim Phelps (@MadDogMartha) July 11, 2013
Venus Williams shook up the world of pro sports when she first arrived on the tennis circuit and has become one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Venus is featured in the Nine for IX documentary telling the important story of her battle against the age-old tradition of male tennis players being paid more than their female counterparts. Her influence both on and off the court has made her a cultural icon for women and athletes everywhere.
“I feel so blessed.” –Venus Williams
— Barbara martin (@bhannonmartin) July 11, 2013
This year, for the first time in 16 years, Venus Williams withdrew from Wimbledon due to a back injury. After much speculation, Katie is getting the record straight as whether Venus will retire from tennis.
“No way!” –Venus Williams
— Leaf (@THEARTOFLEAF) July 11, 2013
ESPN sportscaster Hannah Storm is a trailblazer for female sportscasters. She recently directed the Nine for IX film Swoopes about Sheryl Swoopes, the woman famously called the “female Michael Jordan.”
“You never know the people you are touching just by living your life.” – Hannah Storm
— Nizzo (@Expo_Nizzo) July 11, 2013
The 1999 Women’s World Cup championship game made history with more than 40 million people watching. Top ’99 Women’s World Cup players Michelle Akers and Julie Foudy talk about the iconic history-making moment.
“It’s like the best feeling you could ever have.” – Michelle Akers
— Judy Nelson Lewis (@JudyNelsonLewis) July 11, 2013
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“Nine for IX” airs every Tuesday at 8pm ET on ESPN through August 27th. Films are available for purchase on iTunes the day after they air.
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