The Philadelphia Freedoms of World Team Tennis are returning to Saint Joseph's Hagan Arena in July for the 2018 season and will host "SJU Night" on July 25, where retired athletic director Don DiJulia will be honored.
Don DiJulia, a fixture on Hawk Hill for more than 35 years, will accept the Billie Jean King Freedom Award from the sports and equality icon prior to the 7 p.m. match. St. Joe’s alumni and friends are encouraged to join in this recognition. Tickets to this match and the other five home matches this season can be found at PhiladelphiaFreedoms.com. A special offer is available to Saint Joseph's supporters by using the ticket code: SJU!
“Don is one of the most respected administrators in college athletics,” said King. “The legacy he established at Hawk Hill will be heard for decades to come. It is our honor to recognize him for his accomplishments as an administrator, but more importantly as a champion in life who gave tirelessly to his profession, his student-athletes and the many who proudly worked by his side.”
DiJulia closed out his storied SJU career at the end of the 2017-18 academic year, which was DiJulia's 50th overall in college athletics, including his 35th as Saint Joseph's athletic director over a span of two terms. All told, DiJulia's affiliation with SJU spanned six decades, from his time as a student to the present.
DiJulia is now serving as Special Assistant to the President, serving primarily as an advisor and representative of the University and of the President on campus, to alumni and with SJU’s many external constituents.
The Freedoms began to play in WTT’s inaugural 1974 season where they played their home matches at the legendary Spectrum in South Philadelphia, the former home of the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers. The centerpiece of the team was current Freedoms owner (and Tennis Hall of Famer) Billie Jean King, who served as player-coach. She became the first woman to coach a professional sports team that included male players. Additional information about the team is available online at www.PhiladelphiaFreedoms.com.
About World TeamTennis:
World TeamTennis (WTT) showcases the best in professional tennis with the innovative team format co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. Recognized as the leader in professional team tennis competition, WTT features many of the world’s best players competing annually for the King Trophy, the league’s championship trophy named after King. In July 2015, WTT became the fifth major professional team sports league in the U.S. to reach the 40th season milestone. In 2017, team owners Mark Ein and Fred Luddy acquired majority ownership of the organization. The 43rd season of WTT presented by GEICO begins July 15 and concludes with the WTT Finals on August 5. For more information, visit www.WTT.com.