Before she and her sister Serena became world champion tennis players, Venus Williams had dreams of earning a college degree. But, as life would have it, she would break barriers and records through tennis without one. Today, the 35-year-old dream earned her Bachelors of Science from Indiana University East.
When she’s not on the court, the oldest of the tennis duo runs her own clothing line, EleVen by Venus, and a separate interior design firm. Through a joint program with the Woman’s Tennis Association and IU online, she was able to make one of her dreams come true.
In a new press release from the school, Venus said:
“I’ve learned so much. It was always my dream to have a business degree, and I ended up going to art school so many times, but in the back of my head I felt like I needed the tools to be a better leader, to be a better planner, to be better at all of the things I wanted to do in my businesses because I’m so hands-on.”
Then School of Business and Economics Dean David Frantz added:
“Venus took concepts from the courses and tried them out in real life, and then she would want to learn more. Venus had a certain openness to learning that we cannot teach and we celebrate. The drive and the tenacity that Venus shows on the tennis court, we saw in her studies. In working with other students, she encouraged her classmates. She had the ability to lift people up and that was great to see.”
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