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NBC Sports celebrates Women's History Month with 'TOMBOY'

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Thu, Mar 2nd 2017 01:55 pm

Multiplatform initiative on gender in sports

Interview with Billie Jean King to be featured in documentary & special half-hour companion program

In coordination with the start of Women's History Month, NBC Sports amplifies "TOMBOY," a multiplatform documentary project about gender in sports. The documentary is told through the voices of many of the world's most prominent female athletes, broadcasters and sports executives, including longtime champion for gender equality and women's tennis icon Billie Jean King.

A sports pioneer, King joins an already extensive list of "TOMBOY" participants, including four-time World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn, Little League World Series pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis, and Basketball Hall of Famer Ann Meyers-Drysdale. A full list of participants in the one-hour documentary is available HERE. A companion half-hour interview program, "Billie Jean King: Elevating the Conversation," produced by CSN Mid-Atlantic and hosted by CSN New England's Trenni Kusnierek, will also be presented by NBC Sports Regional Networks as part of the initiative.

In the last 40 years, the number of females participating in sports has nearly doubled, with two out of every five girls today choosing to play sports, according to the Women's Sports Foundation. The documentary discusses reasons why some girls aren't playing sports, and aims to increase awareness and conversation about the participation of women in sports.

NBC Sports Regional Networks announced last month the launch of "TOMBOY," the first-of-its-kind integrated initiative that includes podcasts, articles and interviews released each weekday, culminating with a one-hour documentary airing on the networks of NBC RSNs and owned stations, and nationally on NBCSN on March 30 (3 p.m. ET).

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