Oath for Good partners with Board of Advisors Chair Serena Williams and Venus Williams
On Saturday, December 2, 2017, Oath for Good took to the tennis courts alongside Serena and Venus Williams to host "A Family Affair Presented by Oath," a day of forehands and fundraising, at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Washington, D.C. This was the second event that united our company and Serena Williams, who became the Chair of Oath's Board of Advisors this past November.
"A Family Affair" drew more than 600 people, including Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, and benefited the Williams Sisters Fund and the Yetunde Price Resource Center (YPRC) -- a community center focused on assisting those affected by violence and trauma -- in Compton, CA, launched by Serena and Venus Williams and named in honor of their sister Yetunde, who was the victim of gun violence.
The day included a panel discussion moderated by ESPN journalist Jemele Hill. Panelists included: Venus and Serena Williams, activist Tamika Mallory, YPRC's COO Dr. Sharoni Little, actor Malik Yoba, and advocate Anton House. Reflections were rich and personal, highlighting the panel's experience with community violence. Serena spoke to the power of YPRC's work and how valuable it is in healing and helping people. "Creative therapy is extremely important, because it's a way to express yourself—to get your anger, frustration, emotion out. Even though I play tennis, I have this creative outlet on the court to put myself out there and get all these emotions out on the court. A lot of times, people in communities don't have a place to get the negative energy out and be creative."
You can watch the full panel discussion on MAKERS.com.
Yetunde's daughter Justus closed the panel portion with a moving statement about her mom, family and the power of community. The event wrapped with a preview of Venus' Eleven tennis clothing line and a fun tennis exhibition featuring Venus, Serena, and local tennis juniors.