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.
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When Tennis Success was founded in 2000, it offered free tennis lessons to underprivileged children who lived mainly in the north and west sides of Corpus Christi. These were children at most significant danger of succumbing to the negative aspects of poverty. Tennis Success was an alternative outlet to what was present in their neighborhoods and schools. To keep youth off the streets and from participating in unhealthy activities, our organization introduced tennis as a new sport and helped kids explore how much fun it could be. We desired to keep children safe and in school and to broaden their horizons to new possibilities. Tennis is a fun sport youth can play throughout their lifetime. More importantly, teaching kids to live healthier, more positive lives while pursuing their dreams is at the core of what Tennis Success is about.
Today, Tennis Success offers a wide variety of programs to underprivileged children who are in 3rd through 12th grades. Tennis remains a cornerstone program with kids receiving free tennis lessons four days a week and participating in numerous tennis tournaments throughout the year locally and out of town. In the last 8 years, the organization has grown and now offers after-school tutoring and homework assistance, life skills training, character education, nutrition education, healthy snacks and meals, summer camps, family activities, and college scholarships to graduating participants.
In fact, our Coach Cleveland Gilcrease College Scholarship is unique in that those students who receive their first scholarship through Tennis Success, are eligible to continue receiving a scholarship for up to five academic years or 120 credit hours, whichever occurs first. Both full-time and part-time students who maintain a 2.0 GPA, or higher, the previous semester are eligible. Tennis Success has awarded $125,875 in scholarships to over 30 eligible students since beginning its scholarship program, most of whom are first-generation college students! Furthermore, Tennis Success has aided participants in successfully acquiring over $19,000 in additional grants and scholarships in the 2018 Spring semester alone.
Tennis Success serves over 300 youth annually at the HEB Tennis Center and six schools. About 85% of our participants receive passing grades and are promoted to the next grade level. Over 60% of these students earn A's and B's in the report cards they are required to show their tutors. Our students tend to outperform peers who are not involved in any combination of sports and education programs.
Our youth learn that integrity, dedication, discipline, respect, and accountability are the foundation for the attitudes to overcome challenges and become successful in life. Tennis Success is proud to have offered youth a "step up" on their paths through life.
Thank You Letter from Scholarship Recipient:
Dear Scholarship Committee,
I wanted to let the [you all] know that I have successfully graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with my Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences. I would like to thank the Tennis Success Scholarship Committee for supporting me throughout my college career and making my Bachelor's degree a possibility. Because of your generous support, I am able to move forward with my medical career. As you all know I aspire to be a pediatrician. I wanted to let the Committee know that I will be applying to medical school as well as graduate school in this upcoming year. Next year I will be actively putting together my application for both medical and graduate school.
I am very proud of this milestone and hope to continue my education in medicine. Once again thank you for your generous support!
"Tennis Success has taught me to be more well-mannered and disciplined as a student and tennis player. These lessons and experiences have been very precious to me." - 16 years old
"Education is the most important lesson Tennis Success has taught me. I make A-B honor roll grades. I never made the honor roll before." - 8 years old
"I have learned that I'm responsible for my own actions and have courage in myself on my report card. I made all Cs. That's passing!" - 10 years old
"Throughout my experience with Tennis Success I've improved on my teamwork cooperation. I didn't like to work with anyone. I use to think that working with someone would slow me down. But being with Tennis Success I've gained more humility in the teamwork process." - 12 years old
"The most important lessons I have learned at Tennis Success are responsibility, leadership, and dedication. These lessons have taught me to become a better person and athlete and have helped me so much in everyday life." - 18 years old