San Diego teen-led nonprofit donates tennis equipment to underserved countries
SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) – Children and teens in some African countries are one step closer to pursuing their love for tennis thanks to a group of high school students located in the oceans of San Diego.
Second service is a non-profit organization created by the North County Sisters and tennis players Ayanna and Amani Shah. The sisters described the organization as a way to give people living in underserved countries a chance to play tennis through donations of equipment they collect and send.
“It can give them a chance to go to college with a scholarship or a chance to play professional and earn money that way,” the sisters said.
The group is made up of the sisters and other young North County tennis players. Together, the girls collect used tennis rackets, balls and shoes and send them to villages across Uganda, Zimbabwe and other countries.
“We get these pictures of these kids who don’t wear shoes and play tennis. It breaks your bubble because we live in San Diego; we are privileged, with food on our tables and we play tennis and have the equipment, ”said one teenager.
North County teens live in different cities, attend different schools, and gamble from a young age. But in addition to their shared love for tennis, a shared passion for helping others keep them on the same side of the net.
“Everyone can come together and serve a purpose greater than themselves.”
Second Serve started in 2019 but has expanded to 24 other states since then.
“When we see the children’s smiles how happy they are that we have helped them, it makes it so much more special.”