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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: MISSION The mission of Tennis Success is to enrich the lives of at-risk youth and to equip them to serve the community by providing tennis, education and healthy living programs.

Results: Have impacted the lives of thousands of kids through education, tennis and scholarship opportunities.

Target demographics: Bring Education and Tennis to under resourced youth in our community

Direct beneficiaries per year: Corpus Christi Independent School District with outreach program and worked with over 150 students in the schools and 150 participants in programs at the two tennis centers.

Geographic areas served: HEB Tennis Center, Boys & Girls Clubs, CCISD and West Side Helping Hands in Corpus Christi, Texas

Programs: Education & Tutoring to youth in elementary, middle school & high schools in low income areas of the city. High school graduating students are awarded tuition assistance for attending college. Students enroll in college re-apply every year to continue receiving assistance. < Program meets 4 days per week with tutoring in classroom and tennis instruction on-court. Also pay entry fees into local and away tournaments. Provide transportation, lodging, meals and coaching at away events such as tournaments and educational field trips.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Working with underserved children in the Coastal Bend of Texas has been an experience that often gives me goosebumps. One former participant recently completed college and is now a member of the San Antonio police force. He recently wrote to thank us for what our program provided him with. We offer tennis, education and healthy living. After participants graduate from high school, we provide scholarships each semester. While the national graduation rate for low income students who begin college and complete it with a degree is around 14-18%, our program has a 66% college graduation rate. We recently have expanded our program to include the Boys and Girls Club plus will soon be including youngsters from another non-profit that serves the same at-risk children. As our program is building bridges with other non-profits with similar mission statements, our children are learning to build bridges to help them become contributing members to society.

Board Member

Rating: 4

“Serve it Up- Tennis, Education and Healthy Living!”

The mission of Tennis Success is to enrich the lives of at-risk youth and to equip them to serve the community by providing tennis, education and healthy living programs.


Tennis Success began in January of 2000 with the support of Father Filice and Joseph Kalenic. The idea was to promote and build a tennis program where players would come from the inner city, the west-side neighborhoods and “el barrio”. It would be free of charge and any kid that wanted to learn to play tennis could come.

A flyer was published explaining the program and with financial contributions and help from the local tennis community, Tennis Success was born.

Tennis Success is now a thriving 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a solid board of directors and a generous private and public foundation donor base.

Tennis Success is a recognized NJTL (National Junior Tennis & Learning) Chapter under the umbrella of the Corpus Christi Tennis Association, The USTA Texas Section and the United States Tennis Association Foundation.

Excel on and off the court!

This Year

Our main focus is to
best exemplify our Four A's: