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2007 Award - NJTL Chapter of the Year Award

NJTL Chapter of the Year Award
Presented annually to an NJTL Chapter within the USTA Southern Section that has demonstrated excellence in administration of its NJTL programs.

Birmingham Area Tennis Association’s LETT Program
Birmingham, AL
The Birmingham Area Tennis Association has been committed to improving children’s lives through their Learning Excellence through Tennis (LETT) program. Since 1998, the program has been teaching discipline, self-esteem and social skills to children through after-school, in-school, summer and excellence programs. Reaching over 10,000 youths per year, the LETT program provides year round instruction for all ability levels.

The after school program is focused on teaching life skills such as personal responsibility, cultural awareness, nutrition and conflict resolution. The LETT instructors take this same initiative to the schools by supplying racquets, balls, portable nets and curriculum to physical education. teachers. Physical education teachers prepare their students for the Elementary Schools Challenge Tournament held in the spring and introduce the kids to follow up programs. From school tennis, students can transition into the Summer LETT Tennis program, which offers lessons for youth 7-18 years old. The Excellence program is offered to students who have participated in one or more of LETT’s programs and maintain a 2.8 or above grade point average. These participants also compete in Jr. Team Tennis and sanctioned tournament play to improve their skills.

In 2007, twenty-two Birmingham area schools competed in the 5th Annual Elementary Schools Tennis Challenge. The competition was hosted at Alabama State Fairgrounds and provided an opportunity to showcase tennis to hundreds of children. Teams of 4-10 boys and girls squared off against other kids their age in fitness and tennis competitions. Trophies were presented to the top finishers and all children were given information on how to get involved in the game.


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