Changing Lives in Memory of Francis Noel Fruge: Join us to provide TGA tennis scholarships to children in the North Houston community
Beloved Noel, who had unmatched enthusiasm for tennis, recently passed away at the age of 92. Noel’s passion in life was tennis. He served on the board of the Houston Racquet Club and was a top tennis player in his senior years playing in tennis tournaments all around Texas well into his 80’s. His family has started the Francis Noel Fruge Memorial Fund to provide TGA tennis scholarships for children in the North Houston community. We will choose recipients based on financial need.
All donations to this page will go towards the Francis Noel Fruge Memorial Fund for TGA North Houston tennis scholarships.
TGA programs are often the first introduction children have to the game of tennis. Many of these children rarely have the opportunity to pick up a racquet let alone benefit from a structured program like TGA’s. No contribution is too small and makes an impact, so all donations are appreciated. Please consider joining our cause to provide children with North Houston TGA tennis program scholarships. You can help change of a child by introducing them to the same sport Noel was so passionate about.
80% raised of $5000 goal
[Display Auth Donate]
Story of the Week
I grew up playing organized baseball and played the first two years of high school. During my sophomore year, I took a golf and tennis class. I developed some golf knowledge, skills, and interest from the class. Within days of starting summer vacation, a friend asked me to go play with him and because of that invitation, golf became a career for me. When he and I went to play that day, we met the general manager of the course and he offered us jobs picking up on the driving range. Although I was not looking for a job, it sounded like fun. My friend and I had a great summer filled will countless holes of golf. I ended up playing golf my final two years of high school and ended up working at that course through my completion of high school, a bachelor’s degree, and even the start of an MBA. Today, I continue to carry the lessons that I learned at my first job in my life, golf and career.
Golf has opened doors in my life creating treasured relationships and experiences. Since that first job, I have worked at a number of clubs and given thousands of golf lessons. I have met, played golf with, and given lessons to interesting and highly accomplished people, including professional athletes, celebrities and leaders of industry. I have played incredible golf courses around the United States. I have traveled on private planes to attend the US Open and I have been to the Masters twice. Golf, the game and industry, has shaped my life in ways that I cannot describe. It is such a joy for me to be able to help others learn the game and its lessons.
-Kevin Carlson, PGA & TGA of Arapahoe Chapter Director