Time and time again, tennis star Serena Williams has proven she’s a force to be reckoned with in the sports world, yet many may not be familiar with her various philanthropic endeavors. In her latest project, the 21 Gram Slam title holding champion has partnered with Helping Hands Jamaica to build a new Salt Marsh Primary and Infant School in Trelawny with the goal of offering quality education to children in the highly-impoverished city.

Photo: iamajamaican.net
Photo: iamajamaican.net

On Monday, dawning tool belts, construction hats, and “I Helped Serena Build a School” t-shirts, Williams and a team volunteers from Food For the Poor Canadabroke ground on the school. Also joined by reggae artist Sean Paul and Jamaican track stars Warren Weir and Yohan Blake, Serena got her Bob the builder on as she helped construct the facility and later held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate this occasion.

The philanthropic athlete’s foundation the Serena Williams Fund has also contributed to establishing two secondary schools in Kenya in previous years. The latest project in Jamaica, fits in well with the foundation’s main mission, which is to use Serena’s “global platform to assist others through monetary donations, lending a voice, and/or working in partnership with existing nonprofit organizations in both the United States and around the world” with a focus on “helping individuals or communities affected by senseless violence and ensuring equal access to education.”

Respect: Serena Williams at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Salt Marsh Infant School in Trelawny. See more http://iamajamaican.net/DCY43

Posted by I am a Jamaican on Wednesday, February 10, 2016


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