Nov 16, 2008

Ana Ivanovic gives back to kids; Serena Williams gives blogging lesson

One of the best thing I like about pro tennis players and tennis tournaments is they always give back to the kids.

UNICEF National Ambassador Ana Ivanovic recently visited a primary school in Baric, south-east of Belgrade, Serbia. The school is one of 15 that has joined the “School without Violence” programme donated by Ms Ivanovic herself.

“I am truly happy to give my own contribution to the efforts in solving the serious issue of violence and bullying in schools,” said Ana as she addressed the pupils.

“It is my pleasure to come to one of the schools that is involved in the programme and to hear from children and teachers that the programme is progressing and that a difference has been made.

“In school, like in sports, we need to continuously monitor and evaluate our performance in order to improve ourselves. Even when we are losing, we need to know how to make something good out of it... and how to become better.”
As for HP Ambassador Serena Williams, she was recently in Kenya on a three-day charity tour that involved conducting tennis clinic and opening up a secondary school named after her!

Williams, who was accompanied by the Minister for Education, Professor Sam Ongeri, and the area MP, Peter Kiilu, could not hide her joy for being involved in the project.

“I would like to contribute more to education projects in Africa, and I really want to thank the Hewlett Packard Company for choosing to partner with me in this noble project,” Williams told the ecstatic crowd.
The school was built in record one month, and is fully equipped with a computer laboratory and Internet facilities for the students.

Williams was seen here giving some blogging tips to the kids!

Great efforts from both players. Hopefully we'll see more charity works like this during this off tennis season.

(Via Ana Ivanovic's official site, Serena Williams' official website,; Images via Forty Deuce)

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