Venus Williams, WTA and BetterHealth Make Humongous $2 Million Announcement for the Public

Published 12/15/2021, 1:00 AM EST
Venus Williams at a press conference in China


Venus Williams is a gift to the tennis world that keeps on giving. The 7-time Grand Slam champion is also one of the most popular names in the sport.

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With more than two decades of excellence at tennis under her belt, the 41-year-old has expanded her horizons. She has invested in several businesses, and her clothing line, Eleven by Venus, is ultra-successful. Her latest announcement with the WTA is a heartwarming initiative where the mega-star gives back.

Venus Williams leaves court 1 after defeat by Ons Jabeur on day three of Wimbledon at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture date: Wednesday June 30, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Venus Williams and the WTA announce a free mental health giveaway

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Venus Williams has always been at the forefront of the issues that need addressing. Furthermore, she has amplified important issues in society using her platform.

One such example is her partnership with Clif Bar and the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program. Venus is helping inner-city and underprivileged kids by investing in their athletic and educational development.

Furthermore, Venus Williams is now collaborating with the Women’s Tennis Association and US-based online Mental Health portal BetterHealth. Together, they have announced a provision of $2 million worth of free mental health therapy to the public.

Not only will the program highlight how important mental health for all is, but it will also aim to remove the stigma around the topic. Those who sign up at BetterHealth will get a month of free therapy.

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“I really wanna empower people with practical tools that can make a real difference,” Venus said to CNBC. “I’ve had access to mental healthcare throughout my 20 plus years on the tour. It’s made a world of difference to me to be a human being who can achieve what I’ve achieved in my life,” she shared.

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The rest of the WTA season will net more therapy

Each ace hit by WTA players for the remainder of the year, BetterHealth will contribute to another $1 million worth of therapy. Venus Williams had previously talked about the importance of mental health in a New York Times guest essay.

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She explained the importance of availing therapy. “It doesn’t matter who you are. You need support. You can’t divorce mental health from anything you do,” she wrote. Furthermore, she highlighted how mental health affects one’s physical well-being as well, along with their decision-making.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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