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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: To unite ladies in the tennis community to organize and promote charitable activities benefiting needy individuals, groups or organizations in local communities and throughout the world. Our motto "Love All" unites us in our common passions of tennis and serving others.

Results: Our first annual gala and tennis tournament in May 2016 allowed us to give $10,000 to Wings for Crossover, a non-profit dedicated to helping (through sustainable food and educational opportunity) the orphans and former slave children in the Lake Volta region of Ghana. Our Tennis Soles for Others program has provided hundreds of gently used tennis shoes to organizations such as Tijuana Christian Mission, Friendship Shelter, Mary's Kitchen, OC Rescue Mission and Laura's House to name just a few. Our Round Robins have allowed us to donate money and other charitable items to organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, CHOC Hospital, Orangewood Foundation, Meals on Wheels and Green Dog Foundation amongst many others.

Target demographics: Needy individuals, groups and other non-profit organizations in our local community and throughout the world

Direct beneficiaries per year: Dozens of charitable organizations, numerous families and hundreds of individuals with a variety of needs. Please see our website for more information.

Geographic areas served: Southern California and throughout the world

Programs: Tennis Soles for Others, Annual Gala and Tournament, Service Projects and Tennis RoundRobins

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crossover International Academy is a home and a school for marginalised rescued from the worse form of child labour. They were usually "used" in farming, ranching and fishing on and along the Lake Volta. We rescue them at great risk to our lives. As at now we have 405. Crossover is therefore their home and family since they have lost all contacts with their families. This means their total care depends on me and my wife. And it is humanly impossible for us to feed, clothe and educate so many kids. This is a recipe for disaster as we have no income generating source. Hunger, malnutrition and underfeeding have become our faithful companions. It is at this point of starvation that Tennis Serves Others stepped in and provided enough fund to us to buy enough cows to start a ranch that now provides steady income, meat, milk and cheese to keep 405 kids living, eating and getting education. Even at the high of the Covid-19 pandemic TSO sent us funds to store ready food. To us Tennis Serves Others should rather be called Tennis Saves Others. They are life savers who do not lay cumbersome processes down like most NGOs when it comes to helping the needy. We therefore without reserve recommend them to be included among the great non profits.
NB. We are located in a very remote and small rural area of Ghana called Tongor-Attokrokpo in the Volta Region. Our Internet connection is very weak and does hardly support sharing of photos let alone videos. So we can only share them on WhatsApp, if you have one, please, let us know and we will sent photo and video to corroborate our input. Thank you for your recognition of Tennis Serves Others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a new member of TSO. I'm incredibly impressed with the love and dedication this organization has for the community! I attended an event that was out of this world. This event allowed us to raise money for two important causes, continuing education for teen parents & funding to help families with funeral costs. Being a part of this helps boost my confidence by connecting my passion for tennis with philanthropy. I had tears of joy knowing the positive impact we had and talked about the event for weeks. I'm delighted to be a member of this wonderful organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined TSO 2 years ago. Their membership is about 140 avid tennis players who ALL like to serve others by donating goods and products; volunteering at special events; playing in tennis tournaments for a fee that supports specific charities.... and participating in their annual Wimbledon fundraiser to benefit organizations that cover a wide breadth of causes and needs. They are a community within the greater Southern California community: listening to the needs in the area; saying yes to helping; and witnessing the joy of being an instrument of service. They truly embody their motto: "Play Tennis. Serve Others. Love All."

Fristers

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tennis Serves Others is a wonderful organization! We applied, and were awarded, a grant in 2021. Not only was the application process organized and professional, but all the women involved at TSO are warm and compassionate, with big hearts to help those in need in Orange County. And with their grant to Fristers they are providing a lot of at-risk young families with education, access to resources, mentoring and support. We are so grateful! Fristers LOVES TSO!

Arlene R.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tennis serving others is a fantastic organization filled with individuals with hearts of gold. They actively seek out groups and organizations in the community to help make a difference. They donated brand new tennis balls, rackets, tennis equipment and tennis scholarships to pay for children to attend tennis summer camps. The impact they make touching lives truly lasts a lifetime.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tennis Serves Others has been supporting Western Service Workers Association with donations of tennis shoes and other needed items for low-income workers in Orange County for over 2 years now. The support has always been greatly appreciated and a huge help in our efforts to turn around poverty conditions!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tennis Serves Others is formed by a group of incredibly kind, generous, and caring women whose goal is to help the community. Caterina's Club has been a benefactor of TSO fundraisers, which has expanded our mission of alleviating child hunger and homelessness in Southern California. Thanks to TSO, we housed homeless families, provided hot nightly meals to hungry children, and job-trained at-risk teens. THANK YOU, Tennis Serves Others!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tennis Serves Others is an amazing organization that has a heart of gold. Thomas House Family Shelter was very fortunate to be supported by Tennis Serves Others with a financial gift. When they toured our shelter they asked what more can they do and immediately started a drive for cleaning supplies for our families. We are truly grateful for their partnership and support of Tennis Serves Others. Continue doing the amazing work that you are doing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I run the San Diego Wounded Warrior Tennis Program, a beneficiary of Tennis Serves Others, and our experience with them has been outstanding. They are well-organized, highly professional, and easy to work with. I am proud to be affiliated with them, and their support is improving the lives of wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans, and their families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for Tennis Serves Others. They definitely served us well. Tennis Serves Others selected us at their sponsored charity for their gala last year. They raised over $10,000 which they donated to our nonprofit, International Sanctuary, thus by serving girls and women escaping human trafficking to embrace their true identity and worth. We are so thankful to them for coming alongside us to bring hope, dignity, and freedom to survivors. We highly recommend Tennis Serves Others!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tennis Serves Others is an incredible nonprofit with amazing ladies who have a passion for serving our community. Our nonprofit Forever With Us received a grant from TSO which has helped us expand to another local children’s hospital to help their families who have lost a child to cancer but do not have the means to pay for their child’s funeral. We are so grateful for the help Tennis Serves Others has given us and that they continue to provide our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tennis Serves Others is an amazing charity that graciously donated their Gala funds to our nonprofit organization who helps girls and women escaping human trafficking. With help from Tennis Serves others, we are able to make a great impact on the community we serve. We are beyond grateful for their partnership and hope our journey together lasts a lifetime. Thank you Tennis Serves Others for all the wonderful work you do for our community!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Tennis Serves Others is a wonderful nonprofit that has helped the Pete Brown Jr Tennis Program which runs free children’s tennis in South Central Los Angeles in a high poverty, gang ridden area of the city. Nearly all our kids are minority children who would otherwise not be able to be able to play due to the expense. Tennis Serves Others has stepped up to help these children by providing balls, rackets and support to these children who really need and appreciate the help. The PBJTP is grateful for everything TSO does to help our program and others. What a great group of hard working thoughtful volunteers. They make tennis better for everyone - especially the underserved minority children in our program. Thank you TSO!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tennis Serves Others provided a needed sponsorship to Illumination Foundation’s Annual Carnival for Kids. Illumination Foundation works to break the cycles of homelessness in Orange County and beyond. Without the support of organizations such as Tennis Serves Others, Illumination Foundation wouldn’t be able to raise awareness as much and serve the homeless population as effectively as they do.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Rescuing the companion animals in our community can be a tall order especially since there is no animal shelter in San Juan Capistrano and The Ark of San Juan has been the primary animal rescue in the city since 2008. Operating an animal rescue takes volunteers, coordination and most importantly, financial support.

Some years have been more challenging than others which has requires that The Ark rescue cats and their kittens, arranging for medical and foster care before. This year qualifies as one of the more challenging ones. The Ark typically sees a surge of activity from June to July due to the increase in stray kittens being born. As I write this, we are still in the throes of kitten season and it has impacted The Ark’s finances.. So imagine The Ark’s pleasant surprise when we were notified by Tennis Serves Others (TSO) that they raised $1,200 for us when they held a fundraiser in honor of one of their members and friends, Betsy, who was an ardent animal lover.

The Ark is very fortunate to be the recipient of such a touching tribute to TSO’s member and friend and is very impressed by all that TSO accomplishes: 1) focus on fitness 2) building friendships and 3) supporting essential community organizations.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Tennis Serves Others board members are very passionate about building their membership and promoting their mission to do charitable work. They have the potential to do a lot of good in their community and the communities they serve.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

As League Coordinator at Laguna Niguel Racquet Club, I was very excited when the league ladies told me they were starting this charity to give tennis players from clubs all over Southern California an opportunity to help their fellow humans. Those able to participate in this sport within a club are very privileged to do so, and this venue has provided them with a way to show their appreciation by reaching out and serving others. Their enthusiasm and devotion has helped men, women, and children all over SoCal and in 3rd world countries as well. In a short time, a very small idea has grown into a very large service for those in need. We are very proud of our league ladies and grateful to be the club where this heartfelt charity had its beginnings.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Tennis Serves Others has hit the ground running! They may be a young organization but they have already made a difference in our community with generous gifts and heartfelt involvement.

TSO adopted 5 families for the Families Helping Families event sponsored by the OC Child Abuse Prevention Center. Those at risk families were able to have a holiday celebration with gifts for the kids thanks to TSO.

As a Board member of the OC Child Abuse Prevention Center and an avid tennis player, I'm so grateful to have met the incredible leaders at Tennis Serves Others.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Tennis Serves Others is a wonderful and generous non-profit that has helped bring a lot of joy to the children in The Pete Brown Jr Tennis program. We offer free tennis lessons, rackets, shoes and mentoring to minority underserved children in the inner city of LA. TSO helped raise dollars for our program so that our children can continue to have fun on the court and learn lots of life lessons from our caring coaches. We could not continue to help these children without the kindness and generosity of TSO. They have been quick to help and the women who have helped us are delightful and caring. Thank you, TSO for being so fantastic!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Mike Thoeresz and I'm the Director of Tennis at the Racquet Club of Irvine. I've helped Tennis Serves Others (TSO) run two events at our club over the last two years. TSO is an absolute pleasure to work with. They are very well organized, passionate, detail oriented, and enthusiastic about their work and mission. They also make my job easy but taking care of all the logistical work for an event. I simply provide the courts and some basic marketing (email blast/social media). Our members have loved being a part of their Round Robins and feel that donating to this nonprofit adds value to their membership and is fun! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you're interested in working with, partnering, or assisting TSO in any capacity. I'm happy to give you any specific information. Thanks!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TSO is an outstanding organization that I am proud to not only be a member but also a recipient of this benevolent group. I participate in missionary work in Myanmar (Burma) on the western Chinese border. Our mission needed to fund some special projects for approximately 120 children, half of which live in an orphanage and the other half living at a church school so they can get education. Also helping with supplies for a women's conference where women are very repressed. I brought this need to TSO and they immediately went into action, hosting a pop up tennis event. The event financially covered a huge portion of the above projects. Because of the generosity, keen organization and desire to give time and funding many people in Myanmar were helped.
Thank you TSO!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TSA is a nonprofit with a great mission and wonderful people. I came in contact with TSA when I applied for my nonprofit, Wings for Crossover, to receive support from their annual fundraiser. We were incredibly fortunate to chosen. Everyone I met at TSA was professional and sincere in their desire to make the world a little better, in whatever ways they can. Carol and Kristine were great to work with, really wonderful people, and they remain very supportive of our organization. The proceeds are helping Crossover International Academy sustainably provide a home and an education for orphans. TSA’s benevolence is inspiring and we are proud to have them in our corner.

Jim Conti
Co-Founder
Wings for Crossover


Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a member because I loved the idea of uniting my passion for tennis with doing charitable work. After learning more and seeing first hand the impact Tennis Serves Others (TSO) makes in the community and world, I agreed to become a board member. With little time for extracurricular activities this wasn't on my to-do list, but the TSO mission is too important not to take part!