Last summer, Cora Masters Barry was visiting Ghana with Oracene Williams, mother of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, when they stopped by a children's tennis program.

Barry, who founded the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, was touched that the African children showed such dedication to the game, even though equipment was scarce.

When she returned home, Barry shared the story with children at the Southeast center, and they decided to send a Christmas gift to their fellow athletes across the globe. With help from Wilson Sporting Goods and Reebok, the center dispatched 20 cases of balls, 60 rackets and 100 pieces of tennis wear to Ghana.

"Even though many of them come from underserved circumstances, they really got a lot out of being able to help other kids," Barry said. "They really enjoyed giving, and they're learning so much about Africa because of it."

Barry said she is exploring an ongoing exchange between the programs, adding, "This is a beginning."

Youngsters from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center present a gift of tennis equipment and clothing to Alan Kyerematen, ambassador of Ghana, to give to children there. Giving the equipment are, from left, Cora Masters Barry, Alrissa Tobe, 10, Eric Chavous, 12, and Dominique Chavous, 12.