“Build Another Pixar”: Serena Williams’ Husband Aims to Empower Young Kids With Daughter Olympia’s Doll

Published 10/12/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: Alexis Ohanian and Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., husband and daughter of Serena Williams (not pictured), attend the Women’s Singles third round match between Serena Williams of the United States and Sloane Stephens of the United States on Day Six of the 2020 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 05, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Tennis queen Serena Williams introduced the world to Qai Qai, her daughter Olympia’s doll, at the Australian Open 2021. Soon after, it became an internet sensation and part of most American families. Now, husband Alexis Ohanian has teamed up with Qai Qai and Adobe for an inspiring new initiative.

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In an interview with CNN Entertainment, Ohanian announced the launch of a free, downloadable coloring book featuring Qai Qai. Coincidentally, it came out on the occasion of International Day of Girl Child.

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To his social media followers, it is no surprise that the Reddit co-founder is an innovator and more a supportive and fun-loving father. But now, Ohanian is looking forward to empowering young kids worldwide through this initiative and more on the way.

Serena Williams’ husband collaborates with Qai Qai and Adobe to empower young kids

Firstly, Alexis Ohanian, husband of Serena Williams, reflected on the responsibility of people with a platform. Indeed, he does not shy away from utilizing it for the greater good.

“I think every little bit of progress forward is a step in the right direction,” he told CNN Entertainment.

“I can’t help but think that it will continue to be incumbent upon, I’ll certainly say people like me dudes who have positions of power and influence and privilege to find ways to spotlight, to support, to champion, and to do the work.”

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 12: Alexis Olympia, daughter of Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian congratulate Serena Williams after she won her final match against Jessica Pegula of USA at ASB Tennis Centre on January 12, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Furthermore, Ohanian shared that he has always been a doodler and that he is the one who drew Reddit’s iconic alien. Now, he hopes to impart the same creative and imaginative principles to the future of the world.

“I hope it can be a gateway for any kid, regardless of their age,” Ohanian continued. “Basically, as long as they can hold a crayon, they can enjoy this.”

Concludingly, Ohanian also mentioned that there’s a lot in the works with Qai Qai. “When we think about the broader invisible universe, the goal here really is to build another Pixar,” he said.

As long as there are thinkers such as Alexis Ohanian, the world will keep progressing. Besides, he is always there for his daughter’s daily adventures and his wife’s tournaments.

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Is Serena going to play tennis in 2021?

Since her Wimbledon exit, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams hasn’t come back on the Tour. In fact, her return date is also unknown.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves court as she retires from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Hopefully, Serena will soon announce her plans regarding her tennis career. Let’s see if she will return at the Australian Open 2022.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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