The shining stars of "King Richard" a film about Richard Williams and his journey of helping his daughters to achieve the unthinkable, came together on Wednesday in Chicago to give back to the tennis community yet again. Actors Will Smith, Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton shocked students when they arrived at XS Tennis—a USTA Foundation National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapter that helps under-resourced children learn the game.

Students had no idea that their practice would turn into a very surreal pop-up meet and greet. The kids were able to chat with the actors, listen to inspiring speeches and enjoy a fully-catered lunch.


XS Tennis started up back in 2005 by Kamau Murray and has transformed into not only a tennis facility but also a foundation. The non-profit provides more than 3,000 of Chicago's youth from ages 7-18 with low-cost tennis and access to education every year.

Once five-time Golden Globe nominee Smith heard about the non-profit, it was important that he pay a visit and show support for not only how much they've done but continue to do.

"It was similar to the experience that we learned about with Venus and Serena, trying to play tennis with public courts and limited resources," Smith said. "That's a tough way to make your dream come true. We heard about this place and it was just important to come back and show support."

Along with the Chicago event, the USTA Foundation teamed up with Warner Bros. to provide special-early screenings of the critically-acclaimed film to NJTL chapters in 27 markets across the country. The organization urged all participants who attended the screenings to bring a parent or guardian see the film as well.

King Richard is set to release on November 19.