When they’re not rocking the tennis courts, Venus and Serena Williams spend a lot of their time giving back to their hometown of Compton, CA.
The powerhouse sisters’ latest endeavour is aimed at helping victims of violence in the community.
Aja Brown, mayor of Compton, related a statement about the generous commitment to the communication and said, “This is an incredible investment and commitment by Serena and Venus Williams, and I commend them for their desire to help children and families in Compton thrive.
The center’s goal is to connect those affected by violence in the Compton community with service providers. In addition, the staff at the new center will develop customized plans and serve as a liaison between the people and the agencies that will assist them.
Venus and Serena named the center in honor of their sister, Yetunde Price, who was killed by acts of gun violence in 2003.
“The resource center will serve as vital support to existing nonprofits and organizations that provide critical services to our community. I understand first-hand the power of partnership, and I am confident that the resource center will play a major role in breaking down silos in our community by facilitating key partnerships to increase asset leveraging and expanding the impact of services,” said Brown.
“The resource center will be able to map all of the resources in and around the Compton community while providing customized assistance that will be a vital asset to improving our ability to service our youth, adults and families.”
Gatorade is also chipping in to the community by refurbishing two tennis courts in the community and dedicating them to the Williams sisters. The courts will be unveiled this weekend (November 12).
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