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Hale and Williams Give Back with School Build

Feb 11, 2016
written by: Tennis Canada
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Tennis superstar Serena Williams and Rogers Cup Tournament Director Karl Hale put their racquets down and picked up hammers to service and fulfill critical education needs in Jamaica this past week.Williams’ Serena Williams Fund and Hale’s Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation collaborated with their teams and 25 volunteers to build a school.  Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, hip hop and reggae superstars Sean Paul and Shaggy, gold medalist Yohan Blake and Warren Weir and MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario were all and hand to support the effort.IMG_0767Williams donated the funds to build the school and was on-site hammering away February 8-9 for the 80 preschool children who will subsequently have access to free education.Hale, founder of Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation, started the conversation about this project last year with Williams.“Serena is a true global citizen and her impact here will further the education of the youth in Jamaica for generations to come,” said Hale.Salt Marsh Infant School was built in Trelawny, a rural parish east of Montego Bay. Older students currently attend classes at the primary school, and this new infant school for children ages 3 to 6 will offer local children a government-funded education. The new building is on the site of the primary school, easing the transition from infant to primary school.’IMG_0744Over the last five years, Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation has built 11 schools in Jamaica.Williams is the founder of the Serena Williams Fund, which helps individuals and communities affected by senseless violence, promotes equal access to education and provides college scholarships to students in the United States.