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Tennis Greats Make Special Visit in Chapel Hill

Posted December 6, 2006 10:32 p.m. EST

— Tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams took time from the court Wednesday to give back to the community. The sisters spent time in Chapel Hill to make children smile.

The Williams' sisters are known for their aggressive style and brute strength on the tennis courts, but their prowess at the foosball table could use a little work. Instead, it was their smiles and their generosity that impressed people at UNC Hospitals' Ronald McDonald House.

"It was just exciting," said resident Lequisha McLeod. "You can't find the words for it."

For the last three years, Venus and Serena Williams have teamed up with Ronald McDonald Houses across the country. The houses provide families of ill children a place to stay while getting treatment. The sisters have raised $400,000 so far for the program.

"Family means so much to us and our whole family, and the Ronald McDonald House does so much for family and provides a home away from home," Serena Williams said.

"Serena and I feel like that we've reached so many dreams on the court, and we feel wonderful to go past our dreams and us what we do best to give back," Venus Williams said.

Nyjza McCallum, 10, stood side-by-side with the sisters during the big game. She said their brief visit gave her a big boost!

"It makes me feel happy, excited and makes me feel like a tennis player," McCallum said.

The next stop for the Williams' sisters was Charlotte, where they'll play each other an exhibition match Thursday night at Bobcats Stadium.