Groundbreaking America's Cup crew member to address annual Blue Cross Healthy Living breakfast Thursday

Event kicks off U.S. Tennis Association's Boys National Championships in Kalamazoo

August 1, 2012

KALAMAZOO, MICH. — Linda Lindquist-Bishop, a crew member with the nation’s first-ever all-female America’s Cup team in 1992, will address guests and participants Thursday at the seventh annual Salute to Healthy Living breakfast in Kalamazoo.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will host the 7:30 a.m. breakfast at the Radisson Plaza Hotel for approximately 150 business, education and community leaders. The breakfast kicks off the United States Tennis Association’s Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University. The tournament begins Friday with the finals on Sunday, Aug. 12.

"This is the 70th consecutive year that the nation’s top tennis event for 18- and 16-year-old boys takes place in Kalamazoo," said Sophia Quinn, southwest Michigan sales manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a marquee sponsor of this year’s championships.

"The Michigan Blues’ mission is focused on creating a healthier Michigan, with emphasis on our children. By helping sponsor this famed youth tennis tournament and hosting a committed, pioneering athlete and entrepreneur shows us we can all achieve our goals, including those related to health and wellness."

Lindquist-Bishop was a crew member with the first all-female America’s Cup sailing team in 1992. She was among Glamour Magazine’s "Women of the Year" award winners in 1995 and was named by International Women in Boating as its "Woman of the Year" in 1996. Winning world championships in 2004 and 2009, Lindquist-Bishop continues to compete at the international level. Additionally, working with start-ups to multi-national corporations, faith-based, education, nonprofits, the military and the government gives Lindquist-Bishop a broad perspective on the elements of success in strategy, leadership and communication.

For more information on United States Tennis Association’s Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships, visit: ustaboys.com.

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