NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Venus and Serena Williams attend the 2015 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year Ceremony at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on December 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
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By Sydney Scott / Essence
November 3, 2016

Serena and Venus Williams are honoring their late sister and giving back to Compton with a new fund and upcoming resource center.

The sisters established the Williams Sister Fund to collaborate on philanthropic projects, and the first thing the two tennis legends have planned is a resource center honoring their late sister Yetunde Price.

Price was murdered in a drive-by shooting in 2003. The Yetunde Price Resource Center will act as a community center for residents who have been affected by violence.

Compton Mayor Aja Brown expressed her excitement over the new development, stating:

This is an incredible investment and commitment by Serena and Venus Williams, and I commend them for their desire to help children and families in Compton thrive. The resource center will serve as vital support to existing nonprofits and organizations that provide critical services to our community. I understand firsthand the power of partnership, and I am confident that the resource center will play a major role in breaking down silos in our community by facilitating key partnerships to increase asset leveraging and expanding the impact of services. The resource center will be able to map all of the resources in and around the Compton community while providing customized assistance that will be a vital asset to improving our ability to service our youth, adults and families.

Two refurbished tennis courts will also be dedicated in the Williams sisters’ honor and unveiled during the Healthy Compton Community Festival.

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