Meet Our Team

Richard Crowell

executive director

Richard Crowell is the Executive Director of Philpott Children’s Tennis, a charity established in 1985 and running programs in 18 priority neighborhoods in Toronto.  This role allows Richard to pursue his passion of working with youth and developing leadership skills through sport. 

In addition to his current position Richard teaches Sport Management at Humber College, he is the president of Field Hockey Ontario and has recently completed a Masters Certificate in Project Management with the Schulich School of Business.

Prior to his role with Philpott Children’s Tennis, Richard worked with Tennis Canada for twelve years as the Director of Community Tennis.  In addition to his work in community tennis, Richard also established a university national tennis championship, managed Tennis Canada’s partnerships with their Provincial Tennis Associations and was the fitness coach for Tennis Canada’s provincial and national U12 teams working with many of Canada’s top prospects.

Richard is currently married, living in Vaughan and enjoys playing hockey in the winter and tennis, golf, baseball and cycling in the summer. 

Ricky Chee

Site Supervisor/Head Coach

Ricky Chee is a Supervisor for Philpott Children’s Tennis. Ricky joined the Philpott coaching team in 2009 at the Malvern site. He received his Tennis Instructor certification in 2004 and has a great passion for tennis. His daughter, Jessica, and son, Kito, played tennis together since they were young.

Ricky continued to be a part of the Philpott team and was promoted to Supervisor.  Many enthusiastic volunteers got the chance to go through his tennis training to improve their tennis skills off-season at the L’Amoreaux Tennis Center. This role allowed Ricky to pursue his passion of working with young volunteers and help them with tennis and leadership skills.

Besides Philpott Children’s Tennis, Ricky works with a few different community tennis clubs.  Ricky was the captain in a community tennis intercounty league and engaged in friendly and competitively double matches every summer.

Ricky believes that sports can help us to learn to focus on tasks on hand, as well as improve our physical and mental health. Ricky will continue to work for this amazing charity organisation and get more kids within the community the chance to play tennis and learn the five core values of Philpott: Respect, Honesty, Courage, Cooperation and Sportmanship. 

Chris Steward

Lead Consultant

Stephan Harris

Site supervisor/coach

Stephan is the East site supervisor of Philpott Children’s Tennis. Stephan has been playing tennis his whole life since his dad was his coach; Clyde Harris. Back in his training days, he played a few matches for OTA and received multiple tennis awards from his high school. 

He has been involved with Philpott since the summer of 2015. Originally, he started as a volunteer for the leadership but was then hired as an assistant coach later that summer. Since then Stephan then went on to continue with Philpott children’s tennis and became a certified coach in 2016. By 2017, Stephan became the head coach at the Oakridge site and was there until 2019 where he was then promoted to the supervisor of the east site. 

In addition, he currently works for other tennis programs such as NYTA (north york tennis association), OTA inner city tennis and at Scarborough Bluffs Tennis camp. 

Stephan is very passionate about giving back to the community by helping shape the children of the future. ” We don’t just teach them how to play tennis, we also teach them how to be people.” His favorite quote to mention when asked about Phipott is: “It is all free. All you need to do bring is your water, shoes and a smile”


Kimberly Pallarca

program coordinator/coach

Kimberly Pallarca is the Program Coordinator of Philpott Children’s Tennis and has been involved with the charity since 2007. She is responsible for media and communications, including the development of their new website and all promotional material. She also assists with fundraising events; Kimberly was the lead of the Philpott Clinic featuring Bianca Andreescu and Kiki Bertens at the 2019 Rogers Cup Draw Ceremony held at Ten X Toronto.

The first time Kimberly picked up a racket was in the Philpott Summer Program Malvern site in 2007. Her first coach was female, which inspired her to become a coach as well. After a few years of volunteering, she received her Instructor Certification through the Toronto Sport Leadership Program in 2014 – the first year a female graduated from the tennis program. She has been coaching for Philpott since 2015 at sites such as L’amoreaux, McGregor, NYTA, and Malvern, the very own courts she learned tennis on. Nearing the end of 2018, she took on the role as a Program Coordinator.

In addition to Philpott Childrens Tennis, Kimberly is the Head Coach for junior tennis programs at Armadale Tennis Club, Charlottetown Tennis Club and previously, Thompson Park Tennis Club. She also worked for the Ontario Tennis Association Inner-City Tennis Program. She loves to work with charities and has coached for multiple United Way tennis fundraising events.  She has also been a volunteer for Tennis Canada since 2013 as a member of the Rogers Cup Tennis Matters and Promotions Committee and assisted with celebrity fundraiser events for the Raonic Race for Kids Foundation.

Kimberly understands the importance of representation in tennis and recognizes the responsibility she has as a female coach to empower young women and to inspire students to never stop learning. Kimberly is very grateful to be a part of this amazing charity that provided her and many others the opportunity to learn tennis.