Charity begins at home – Williams sisters

2012-11-03 12:41

While many South Africans believe the only way to produce a sports superstar is through good coaching programmes, the Williams sisters – Venus and Serena – believe charity begins at home and family support is more important.

The two sisters are in the country to champion Breaking the Mould (BTM), an initiative developed to acknowledge and recognise women of all ages who have broken the mould – be it at home, work, play or in their communities.

“We come from a strong family background, where we had a lot of support from our parents. Kids need parental support to help them develop their desires. We had both parents supporting us,” said Serena.

“There’s potential and good talent in Africa. The continent can groom its own tennis star but it won’t happen overnight, it’s a circle that will take time. For youngsters to be successful, they have to pick a good role model to look up to.

They must also surround themselves with positive people who believe in them,” said Venus.

The sisters are expected to give Soweto youngsters tennis lessons this afternoon.

They are scheduled to play an exhibition match at Ellis Park Indoor Arena tomorrow afternoon, starting at 2pm.

This will be the Williams sisters’ first court battle on South African soil.

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