Tennis star Serena Williams builds a school in Jamaica

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serena-williams-builds-school-in-jamaica.jpgJamaica looks set to benefit from a visit by tennis queen Serena Williams in more ways than one, with the sports star rolling up her sleeves and whipping out her chequebook to help build a school on the island.

ESPN reports that the project is funded through the 34-year-old sports icon's foundation in partnership with Helping Hands Jamaica to help build the Salt Marsh Primary School.

Apart from assisting with funding, the tennis ace is getting hands-on and doing some of the manual work herself, moreover.

On Tuesday she shared a short video on Instagram showing herself clad in an "I built a school with Serena" T-shirt and wearing goggles, gloves and a tool belt while painting a door at the new school.


The charitable work comes amidst some well-deserved downtime in Jamaica following the American champion's surprise defeat at the Australian Open last month.

Williams, who has won 21 Grand Slam titles, is chilling out on vacation at a luxury beachfront villa in Old Fort Bay near Ocho Rios, according to celebrity website TMZ.

Her US$20,000-a-week, three-acre vacation rental boasts a 10,000 square foot home with seven bedrooms, eight-and-a-half bathrooms, a thatched roof gazebo and outdoor bar, as well as the convenience of a nearby helipad.

The plush property also comes with a full complement of staff, including a butler, a chef and assistant-cook, housekeepers, a laundress, a gardener, and a pool and beach man.

Fit for a sports queen, the palatial getaway also comes with a Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, a putting green, gym, massage room, kayaks and other watersports equipment

The oceanfront villa would not be complete without its clay tennis court, enabling Williams to maintain her winning form.