Women Who Changed the Game

Serena and Venus Williams

Serena Williams and Venus Williams are not unfamiliar names. Over the past few years, through their philanthropic actions and incredible tennis athleticism, the Williams sisters have become a household name. The sisters were raised in Compton, California, an area well-known for its gang activity. Their mother, Oracene Price, is a tennis coach, so she encouraged the girls to start playing tennis. They got increasingly good and went on to pursue careers in tennis.

                     Serena Williams has become the oldest women’s world                                                                    Venus Williams on Tuesday, 9/7, at the US Open;
No 1 Open in Doha, Hanson K Joseph, Hanson K Joseph, 15 February 2010.                                                  The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; 7 September 2010


Although both sisters are phenomenally talented, they both have done so much to improve their communities. Serena has the Serena Williams Fund, which works to better the education of children from low-income families and help youth in families that have been affected by violent crimes. Venus campaigned for equal prize money at Wimbledon and the French Open. Lastly, both sisters contributed to the renovations at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Washington. They both spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new center, which provided African American children in low-income situations with a place to learn tennis. Many children who were learning tennis were inspired by Serena and Venus Williams to become as good as them in tennis.

A young Venus & Serena Williams, John Mathew Smith, 2001.                                Melbourne Australian Open 2010 Venus & Serena Practice Serve, Emmett Anderson, 22 January 2010.