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Serena Williams, Are You The Next Oprah? You Opened Your Second School In Africa & Even Taught A Class!

Sat, February 27, 2010 9:00am EDT by 3 Comments
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Serena’s teaching “life lessons” to students in Kenya!

Tennis star Serena Williams, 28, may have found a new career… as a teacher! Serena has been taking a brief break from her impressive tennis career recently to open up schools in Africa, and today she taught the first class of her second secondary school that just opened it’s doors! “I don’t know who was more nervous, the kids staring at some strange woman that came from far away or me, never having teaching experience teaching these adolescents life lessons,” Serena confessed in her blog on GlobalGrind.

“My goal is simple,” she continues. “Give these kids something to hope for and smile about. Something that they can believe in without fear. Give them a chance they would have never had. Give them an education.” And the kids responded to her in an extraordinary way! “Kids ran in the streets with palm branches chanting my name saying, ‘Yes we can Serena! Yes we can!'”

Serena’s new secondary school is located in Wee, Kenya. With the help of the Build African Schools Organization and HP, the school will serve 250 to 300 children between the ages of 15 and 18, and it will provide three bathroom facilities  in a area where the closest electric outlets and showers are located three hours away in the city of Nairobi.

For Serena, “there is no greater victory than watching the reaction, and seeing the fruitage of the kids we get to help.”

Lindsey DiMattina