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There’s no stopping this legend!
In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Williams revealed that having a building at Nike was a childhood ambition of hers.
“There is something to be said about setting goals…,” the 23-time Grand Slam winner stated.
She continued: “When I was just a kid, I visited the Nike campus, and I saw that athletes get buildings,” she reflected. “After that visit, I knew I wanted two things: to be a Nike athlete and to have a building.”
After her dedication, arduous work, “blood, sweat, and tears,” Williams shared with her fans that the accomplishment is “beyond an honor.”
Only a few female athletes, like two-time Olympic gold medalist soccer player Mia Hamm and long-distance runner Olympian Joan Benoit Samuelson, have buildings named after them on campus.
According to the business, Nike’s design, insights, and product-merchandising teams will collaborate in the new facility. The tripartite structure of the building is inspired by Williams’ magnificence and refers to the goddess Nike’s wings.
“The whole building takes your breath away,” she exclaimed in the Nike press release. “Every element, everywhere you go, is an opportunity to be inspired. I hope this building encourages people to bring out the best of themselves and to dream bigger than they thought possible.”
Nike’s commitment to promoting athletes is demonstrated through the LEED Platinum-certified Serena Williams Building.
“Architecture has long been a creative catalyst for Nike,” John Hoke, Nike’s chief design officer, said.
He continued: “A manifestation of form and function following footprint, this building embodies Serena’s legacy as a force for positive change.”
Congratulations to Serena Williams! This is an amazing accomplishment!