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They got a personal shout-out from President Barack Obama, partied with a few of the NBA players and actor Tim Robbins and stayed up into the wee hours of the morning celebrating.
Billie Jean King loves sharing the story of how the Women's Tennis Association began. She's far less comfortable taking all the credit for changing the sports world.
Once the Americans get over the disappointment of coming up just short at the Women's World Cup, they'll find plenty of reasons for optimism.
Used to be, you could predict the lineup for the final four at the Women's World Cup before the tournament began.
They're hanging on the edges of their seats with every game, cheering each goal and filled with pride at the U.S. run in the World Cup.
The last time the United States won the women's World Cup, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy were still playing, Abby Wambach had just led Florida to the college title and Alex Morgan was all of 10.
Kristine Lilly only seemed as if she would play forever.
Foudy told King their problems about making a living while competing for their country and King told her about the founding of the women's tennis circuit.
"It was like this epiphany for me," Foudy said.