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San Diego sisters Amani and Ayanna Shah have been changing the game of tennis for the last four years, since the founding of their youth-led nonprofit organization Second Serve which redistributes lightly-used equipment to kids in underserved areas globally, in nearly 30 U.S. states and 15 countries.

But late last month, the Shah sisters' philanthropy impacted more young lives closer to home—in Escondido, Calif., as their organization held a community day for more than 60 youth and 45 community members at the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club, where they introduced the next generation to both tennis and pickleball.

The Shah sisters' organization is also unique amongst nonprofits in that its leaders are all between the ages of 12 and 17; Second Serve boasts 140 ambassadors, who help gather and distribute donations in their communities, and the group who convened in Rancho Santa Fe helped hand out brand-new tennis racquets, shoes and clothes to the young children who participated in the introductory clinic.

The kids also received trophies, which were a big hit, and received some words of inspiration from fellow California native and ATP pro, Steve Johnson, who said he was "once a kid in your shoes getting hand-me-down racquets from kids older than myself."

"I'm so excited that you guys are getting out to get to play some tennis," he said in an Instagram message. "It is just such an incredible sport to grow up as a kid, playing with your best friends. It teaches you so much about life: how you can work hard, be honest, have great integrity, and just really enjoy something as great as the sport of tennis."


The community day was, in fact, part-introductory tennis clinic, part-fundraiser for Second Serve's newly-launched High School Inclusion Program, which seeks to make high-school tennis accessible to any student who wants to play, no matter who they are or where they come from.

To date, the fledgling program has invested $7,000 in more than 300 high-school students in 30 school partners. But the organization has bigger goals, and the event in Rancho Santa Fe raised $10,000 to support Second Serve's ambitious plans to triple the number of high-school students positively impacted by HSIP.

Check out more photos from the event below.