International tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams will help the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) commemorate a decade of shaping young future tennis greats at the Tennis Ball II, an anniversary gala on April 28. The Williams sisters will be the event’s guests of honor and Mayor Vincent Gray will serve as the honorary guest chair.

“In the past decade, the Center has become an invaluable institution in Washington, D.C. as we have served thousands of youth through our tennis and education programs that have successfully changed children’s lives and the future of our community,” Cora Masters Barry, CEO of the Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC), said in a statement.

Since its creation in 2001 by the RWLC and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, the center has worked to provide at-risk youths with many educational programs and tennis training. The “tennis scholars,” as they are commonly known, are held to exemplary standards in academics and sport.

As a result of the facility’s impact, SETLC youths have gone on to win several United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned tournaments, including the 2010 USTA Junior Team Tennis Mid-Atlantic Championship. Additionally, more than 27 students have earned four-year tennis and academic scholarships at colleges and universities nationwide.

“Serena and I are proud to be a part of this 10th anniversary celebration as we have watched the growth of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center from its groundbreaking,” Venus Williams said in a statement. “The sincere and heartfelt efforts of Ms. Barry and everyone who have contributed to the SETLC through the years mean a lot to us as we see ourselves in these children.”

The Tennis Ball II will be held on April 28 at the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Ave., S.E. D.C. For more information, please visit: