Venus Donates EleVen Shoes
BANGALORE, India - Winning her fifth Wimbledon crown isn't all Venus Williams has been up to lately. The 28-year-old American - who, two weeks ago, defended her title at the All-England Club without dropping a single set - has been continuing her work as the first Promoter of Gender Equality under the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's partnership with UNESCO. Her latest efforts involve donating sneakers from her EleVen line to young girls she met in Bangalore, India in March.
Williams, who reached the semifinals at the Bangalore Open, met many young girls at the UNESCO announcement at the Tier II event, and just last month they all received shoes from the clothing and apparel line she launched last summer. The school that the girls are from - the Hutting Government School - benefits from the Tour's partnership with UNESCO, which aims to promote leadership and gender equality in all spheres of society. Many of the children came to the UNESCO announcement in Bangalore barefoot, which touched Williams and prompted her to make the donation. She even asked the girls on the spot what their shoe sizes were, and, in conjunction with Steve & Barry, sent them the shoes.
Williams was named the first Promoter of Gender Equality in November of 2006 and has since been joined by France's Tatiana Golovin and China's Zheng Jie.
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