Honoring tennis legacies.
Tennis is more than a sport, it's a community. The USTA Texas Tennis Foundation is proud to honor the legacies of individuals who have made a lasting impact on tennis in Texas. Each of these figures has made an impact on the lives of countless young Texans and through these memorial scholarships, their impact continues.
Ron has lived in Corpus Christi, Texas for 75 years. He learned to play tennis at Wynne Seale Middle School and grew up playing tennis at South Bluff Park (Now Al Kruse Tennis Center). Ron was a top ranked junior player in Texas and was a member of the USTA Texas Junior Davis Cup Team. He attended Ray, Cuero & Carroll High Schools, played varsity tennis at the University of Houston on a tennis scholarship. After college he went to work for Bob Mapes at the HEB Tennis Center for four years. Ron left HEB Tennis Center to direct the tennis program at the Corpus Christi Country Club. He was there for 31 years. overseeing the facility and along with his wife Loyce ran a very busy tennis and aquatics program as well as one of the best retail tennis pro shops in Texas.
Ron is a USPTA Master Professional and is one of the charter members of the Texas Professional Tennis Association (Now the USPTA Texas Division) established in 1969. He also served as Executive Director for the USPTA Texas Division for six years from 2001 – 2007; President of the National United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) from 2005 - 2007; President of the USPTA Texas Division; President of the Corpus Christi Tennis Association; President of the South Texas Pro Association; 6 year member of the CC Parks & Recreation Advisory Board; current member of Parks – Arts – Leisure – Seniors (P.A.L.S.) Board; 1982 & 1983 TAPPS Tennis Coach of the Year; Two year recipient of the USPTA National “Tennis Across America” award; 2010 USPTA National Pro of the Year; president of the Corpus Christi Tennis Association; ran the league program for 15 years in Corpus Christi; inaugurated
the “Little State” Tournament; Past Chairman of the USTA Texas Adult League Committee and Adult Competition Committee; served on the USTA Texas Management Committee and Executive Committee; served on the National USTA League Committee, Davis Cup/ Olympic Committee, CTA and Innovative Committees. And in 2018 he was awarded the
National USPTA George Basco “Lifetime Achievement Award”. Ron is also a 2011 inductee into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame. Ron currently serves on the board of Tennis Success,
Inc. a USTA NJTL Chapter. This organization serves under resourced youth & families in the community by offering tennis, education and healthy living habits. He has served on this board for over 8 years and president for 4 of those years. He also served as interim Executive Director for 1 year. Ron serves on this organization to give back to the game that has given so much to him.
Ron lives by this credo:
"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can."
~ Henry Drummond
These words are inscribed on a plaque by 3 state of the art courts at the HEB Tennis Center that Ron helped get on a bond issue and constructed along with a raised seating area at the HEB Tennis Center and court upgrades at the Al Kruse Tennis Center through a 3 million dollar bond issue by the City of Corpus Christi.
The Ron Woods Scholarships are made possible thanks to a recent generous donor advised grant from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation.
HENRY C. COX III
Henry Cox was a lifelong champion of tennis and fought to ensure everyone has a place on court. Widely decorated as a player and coach, Henry Cox worked tirelessly to make tennis more accessible for competitors of all types and abilities. He is the namesake of the Henry C. Cox III Adaptive Tennis Award honoring those who contribute to the growth and accessibility of adaptive tennis. He was inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame in 2022.
Paul Christian was both a player and leader that strived to embody and share the values of tennis sportsmanship. A stand-out junior, college, and adult tennis player - Christian was called to lead in the tennis community at the local, section, and national level. He was particularly passionate about championing the values of sportsmanship and encouraging players to embody the spirit of the game of tennis.
Dr. ALFREDO TREVIÑO, Jr.
Dr. Alfredo Trevino, Jr. was the first Hispanic President of USTA Texas and was a tireless advocate for tennis in Laredo and across Texas. A Physician and leader in the community of Laredo and across Texas, Trevino was dedicated toward the care and growth of others. He was passionate about the benefits of tennis and making the sport more accessible to both Texas's Spanish-speaking communities as well as to the disabled in Texas.
About this award:
Scholarship support provides students an opportunity to obtain a college education without incurring some of the financial hardships that can come with earning a degree. Merit and needs-based.
5 (five) awarded annually - $2,500 each