Serena Williams Named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year

Serena Williams has been name the 2015 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year and the Ceremony to celebrate was held at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on Tuesday in New York City. Her family and various celebs came out for the occasion. Serena becomes the first woman to appear solo on the cover of the magazine in 30 years and second tennis player since Arthur Ashe.

Their mother and family was there.

The sisters share a laugh.

Chanel Iman

Swimmer Reece Whitley

Former NBA player Eddie George

Model Heidy de la Rosa

Serena said during her acceptance speech: “When I first learned that I would be Sportsperson, yes Sportsperson of the Year, I could not believe it. It had been over 30 years since the last time SI had recognized a woman for being Sportsperson of the Year. I think it was [track star] Mary Decker, to be exact. So for all the ladies out there, Yes we can do it! My hope by winning this award [is that it] can inspire many, many, many more women – in less than 30 years, of course – to stand right here on this podium and accept another Sportsperson of the Year.”

Will Smith was on hand to present the award to Reece Whitley, also a Philadelphia native.

Serena Williams Sports Illustrated cover
Serena’s Sports Illustrated cover.

Photos: Getty & SI