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Southeast Tennis and Learning Center celebrates 20 years with special screening of 'King Richard'

The organization calls the screening of the movie "a full circle moment."

WASHINGTON — A little bit of Hollywood is coming to Southeast D.C. 

As part of a gala celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, there will be a special screening of the new movie King Richard.

Starring Will Smith, the film chronicles the life of Venus and Serena Williams' father, Richard Williams, and how the Williams sisters became world champions in the sport of tennis from his mentoring and coaching. 

Former D.C. First Lady Cora Masters Barry founded the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in 2001 with the support of Venus and Serena Williams, and the Williams family. The family has arranged for the movie to be shown in the center's 68,000 square-foot Williams Arena, named after Venus and Serena. 

The SETLC, often called a Beacon of Light,” in the District’s Ward 8, has serviced over 30,000 underserved youth in the District of Columbia, which includes mentoring, tutoring, speech, drama/acting, robotics, reading, writing, and tennis lessons.

We spoke with Barry about the special event and what it means for the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center to be celebrating 20 years.

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