Althea Gibson

"The first break for me came when the ATA took an interest in me. Through their tournament circuit and personal involvement, I gained championship status, and the opportunity to find myself. For their support throughout the years, I will always be greatful."

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"When I started playing in the early 50's, for many the ATA had the only game in town. Arthur AsheNames like Jimmy McDaniels, George Stewart, Ron Charity, and Althea Gibson were household names to us followers of the ATA circuit, but of course meant very little to anyone not intimately connected with our tournaments."

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