Serena Williams Helps to Donate 4.25 Million Face Masks and School Supplies


( ENSPIRE Trending News ) Tennis Star, Serena Williams, Teams Up With Bella + Canvas, The National School Board Association, and Scholastic to Donate Face Masks to Keep Kids Safe

ENSPIRE Contributor: Amanda Hirsch

As if Serena Williams wasn’t already everyone’s role model, the 38-year-old accomplished athlete recently helped to donate face masks to 4.25 million kids before schools begin to open their doors amidst the pandemic. As the mother of a two-year-old daughter, she recognizes the fear and uncertainty that mothers across the world are feeling about sending their young ones back to school.

Teaming up with the t-shirt company Bella + Canvas’s project #masksforkids, she was able to donate 4.25 million masks to 54 million children at 115,000 underprivileged schools across the country. Her collaboration with the National School Board Association and Scholastic also helped donate educational materials including information to help teach children about the importance of personal hygiene, hand-washing, and wearing masks.

Photo: Serena Williams and her daughter, Octavia.

It’s extremely difficult for school-aged children to understand what is going on in the vast, confusing world around them. COVID-19 is no exception. It’s a scary thought that kids that are unaware of the pandemic may be returning to schools where it will be hard to stress the importance of social distancing. Serena’s donations and the #masksforkids project will help educate kids on why we’re wearing masks and provide kids protection whose families can’t afford it, hopefully making school a safer environment.

Along with helping raise money and awareness for masks for kids, Serena is also training in preparation for the U.S. Open in New York City on August 31. She recently announced that she will be participating. It has been months since players have been on the court due to COVID so this tournament is highly anticipated. To ensure the safety of the players, coaches, and referees, there have been strict regulations set in place, such as not allowing an audience, strict testing, lots of cleaning, extra locker room space, and isolated housing and transportation services. We’re looking forward to hearing more about Serena’s success in philanthropy and her upcoming tournaments.