By Yolanda Spivey
Tennis champions and siblings Venus and Serena Williams are both products of homeschooling. Their parents Richard Williams and Oracene Price home-schooled the young ladies during their elementary and junior high school years. They wanted the girls to focus on their tennis training from a young age.
Although the Williams sisters finished their education at a public high school, they are happy that their parents chose to home school them. It allowed them to focus on their talents, passions and interests without the influence of others. Homeschooling gave them the opportunity and time to harness their gifts and allowed their family to take control over the girl’s education.
Venus was born on June 17, 1980 in Lynwood, California. Serena was born on September 26, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan. The siblings moved to Compton, California in the late 80’s with their parents to focus on their tennis training.
The sisters trained for six hours a day, playing with old and battered tennis rackets and dud balls. The tennis court was often filled with pot holes and their neighborhood was in a very harsh part of town.
The dynamic duo went on to do great things with both girls winning Wimbledon titles in 2012, along a long list of other championships. Serena won two Wimbledon titles in one day when both sisters won the doubles competition after Serena won the singles earlier in the day. They are currently ranked as the top five tennis players in the world.