Williams Sisters Celebrate Tennis and Learning Center in DC
WASHINGTON, DC - Venus and Serena Williams took a trip to Washington, DC on Wednesday to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the inspiring Southeast Tennis and Learning Center.
The Center is now a recreational home to hundreds of children, some as young as three years old, whereby the sport of tennis and education mix on a daily basis. Cora Masters Barry, ex-wife of former DC mayor Marion Barry, began the program ten years ago transforming run-down tennis courts into a center that is churning out some of America's bright tennis hopefuls.
Venus and Serena attended the Center's "Evening at the Net" gala to also pay tribute to their mother, Oracene Price, who has supported the initiative for several years. The day's events were designed to raise money for a wish-list of projects throughout the city of DC.
"It's all about the education," Serena said. "That's what we were taught from day one: We get to play tennis, but nobody could take our education away from us."
Venus and Serena will depart the capitol city and resume training, as Venus is next scheduled to compete in Istanbul in two weeks and Serena next week in Berlin at the Qatar Total German Open.