Tennis Success is a non-profit program for area youth that provides tutoring and education as well as training in tennis. Not only do we offer these opportunities at the Tennis Success Community Courts and Center, we also hold programs at several area public schools to give our youth the advantage they need.

Tennis Success is 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 also 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.


Tennis Success exists for the sole purpose of enriching the lives of at-risk youth and equipping them to serve the community by providing tennis, education and healthy living programs.


Tennis Success began as only a concept in January of 2000, that concept being a non-profit tennis program for underprivileged kids. The idea was that it would be free of charge and any kid who needed an advantage could come get educational help and learn to play the sport of tennis.

To help gain support, Father Filice and Joseph Kalenic wrote a flyer that introduced the notion, and from January to May of 2000, the founders mailed out handwritten requests to the community, asking for their aid. Since this humble beginning, Tennis Success has grown into a viable and effective program and serves hundreds of kids each year through education and athletics. To date, we’ve been able to reach thousands of kids and watch many of them go on to graduate high school and attend college. We’re proud of the work we’ve done so far but we’re just getting started.

Staff & Coaches

Cher-ri Peña
Executive Director

Joshua Hernandez
Administrative Assistant

Dr. Rosemary Marin
Education Director

Tennis Instructors

Coach Kristy Hardcastle
USPTA Certified, Head Coach

Coach Zion Riojas
USPTA Level 1 Instructor

Coach Izaiah Jimenez-Chino

Board of Directors

Raul Muñoz – President
Anne Dobson
Debra Rodriguez
Hazel Manjarris
Marie McNeil
Marie Soza
Mary Alvarez
Melina Pineda
Orlando Prietos
Ron Woods
Veronica Najera
William Jue

Honorary Board

Marty Davis
Hugh Dobson
Ted Oakley
Jeff and Carron Rapach
Lawrence Valls
Diana Bost