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Venus and Serena Williams visit Southeast Tennis and Learning Center

Venus and Serena Williams visits Southeast Tennis & learning center to discuss ways to cope with trauma. (Photo courtesy of Oath)

On Saturday, Serena Williams and Venus Williams visited the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center to talk about ways that violence affects families.

“We have a long history here. I spent a lot of time at this center. Just even out here on the courts with the kids. I’m in town, drop in and we’d just have a blast and to be apart of something like this is bigger than what we could ever do on the court,” said Venus Williams.

“We’re just really honored to always come back and be supportive in the community, for the community as much as we can,” said Serena Williams.

Their message came from the heart, as they discussed their sister Yetunde Price’s murder in September 2003 in Compton, California.

Through a panel discussion, led by ESPN’s Jemele Hill, the two talked about methods they’ve used for dealing with trauma.

“Creative therapy is extremely important because it’s a way to express yourself, and to get whether its anger or frustration or emotion out. Even though I play tennis I still have this creative outlet on the course or in design to kind of put myself out there or just get all these emotions out on the court. And there’s a lot of times where people are in the communities and they don’t have a place or an area or somewhere they can go to put that energy – to get some of that negative energy out and be creative,” said Serena Williams.

“It’s been a wonderful experience to be a part of the Yetunde Price Resource Center…to be a part of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center and multiple other things that I’ve been involved in. For me, to be able to give my time is a great honor and then I think the best part is when people see you doing something they want to be a part of it. So just by doing something positive with your life…you motivate others and then those others actually motivate you to do better. So it becomes this circle of positivity, and that’s what I love about it,” said Venus Williams.

Venus and Serena started the Yetunde Price Resource Center in 2016.

Click here to learn more about the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center.


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