Tennis greats Serena and Venus Williams are giving back to their hometown of Compton, Calif., in a huge way. The sisters have created the Williams Sister Fund and, under their new organization, will launch the Yetunde Price Resource Center. The center will be a community service center that will connect residents affected by violence with service providers. The center is named after their eldest sister, who was killed by gun violence.
“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,” said Mayor Aja Brown. “The resource center will serve as vital support to existing nonprofits and organizations that provide critical services to our community. I understand firsthand 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. 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.”
In addition to the resource center, through a generous grant from Gatorade, two tennis courts will be refurbished and dedicated in the Williams sisters’ honor and will be unveiled during the Healthy Compton Community Festival on Saturday, Nov. 12.