Tennis Superstar Venus Williams Opens Second Jamba Juice Store
The Wimbledon Champ and Entrepreneur Wants to Promote Healthy Beverages
It's been a great month for tennis superstar Venus Williams: not only did she and sister Serena earn their fifth Wimbledon doubles championship (and their 13th Grand Slam title), but Venus opened her second Jamba Juice store earlier in July.
Williams was present at the opening of the Washington, D.C. area store, which, in addition to the Bethesda, Maryland branch she opened last year, she sees not just as an entrepreneurial effort, but also as a way to promote healthier living.
"My goal is to help inspire our nation's youth to become more active and to make better dietary choices," says Williams, who's pictured above with Jamba Juice mascot Bananaman.
"As a recognized healthy, active lifestyle brand that offers simple menu solutions for eating right while engaging in healthy activities, Jamba Juice is a perfect fit to help me in that endeavor. I am excited to be opening stores this year and proud to be a part of the Jamba Juice organization."
MNN.com reports that Williams revealed last year that she had been diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that chips away at energy levels and causes fatigue and joint pain. The athlete said during an interview with CBS This Morning that she had switched to a raw vegan diet, and that it had made a "big difference" in her health status.
"I'm not perfect, so I forgive myself when I make mistakes and I do a lot of juicing as well, a lot of wheat grass shots … lots of fresh juices and things like that," she said.
Williams plans to add to her budding Jamba Juice empire by opening five more stores in the D.C. area across the next five years.