Tennis Channel Serves Up Serena African Special

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Tennis Channel will premiere a special following world No. 1 Serena Williams trip to Kenya on Monday night.
The independent network dedicated to the sport and its lifestyle will present Serena: My Journey To Africa on June 7 at 8 p.m. (ET).

The 30-minute original program details Williams' recent visit to a small, poverty-stricken village in Kenya, where she attended the opening ceremony of the secondary school she funded through the Serena Williams Foundation. The special will be encore throughout June.

The program shows Williams, who serves as narrator, arriving in Wee Village for the opening of both the Wee Secondary School and the School for the Deaf, where she is inundated with gifts from the locals and entertained with song and dance. She then plays teacher, offering a lesson on the importance of striving for your dreams and guiding the children through a computer tutorial in a modern computer lab, the result of her collaboration with Hewlett Packard. While offering an air hopes, the program also depicts the uphill battle these children face, specifically focusing on a 15-year-old boy struggling in his poor living conditions.

"Through Serena, we were able to show how tennis players have an impact beyond being sports heroes," said Laura Hockridge, the show's executive producer in a statement. "Working with Hewlett Packard, Serena was able to provide the Wee people educational opportunities that they would otherwise not have access to. We feel this is an inspiring tale that will show our viewers yet another side of this sport."