Earl Lloyd Trailblazer Award recipient: Katrina Adams

November 5, 2015

On November 20-22, The Legends Fantasy Weekend will take place at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, pairing the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

During the weekend, the NBRPA will host its annual Legends Philanthropy Awards Gala on Saturday, November 21, featuring a star-studded line-up of remarkable players who made the game faster and more exciting.

At the gala, the NBRPA will honor some of the country’s greatest athletes and other civic leaders for their contributions both on and off the playing court. The NBRPA is proud to announce Katrina Adams as its 2015 Earl Lloyd Trailblazer Award recipient.

Katrina Adams is the Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of the United States Tennis Association and the first African-American to serve as president in the organization’s 134-year history. She is also the first former professional tennis player and youngest person to serve as president for the organization. It is her work both on and off the tennis court that makes her a shining example of what the Earl Lloyd Trailblazer awards personifies.

Adams attended and played her collegiate tennis at Northwestern University where she became the first African-American to win the NCAA doubles title. Adams played tennis for 12 years on the Women’s Tennis Association tour, ranking as high as No. 67 in the world in singles and No. 8 in doubles. She has won 20 doubles titles between 1987 to 1998. Among her many accolades, Adams was inducted into the Northwestern Hall of Fame in 1998, and she was honored with the WTA’s Player Service Award for three years. In addition to her duties with the USTA, Adams is a contributor on CBS Sports Network’s first all-female sports show, “We Need to Talk and is also an executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis League.