World Number 1
Winner of Three Grand Slam Titles
Only African-American man to win the singles title at Wimbledon, US Open and the Australian Open
One of the greatest tennis players of all time
After his retirement, he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion, and subsequently became an activist in the educating others about the effects of the disease. He fought it as hard as he fought any of his opponents on the tennis court, but this was the one opponent he couldn’t beat.
For his athletic achievements and public education efforts, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to add to the multitudes.
Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.