Four Southern Juniors Selected to Attend USTA/NJTL Invitational Tennis Leadership Camp

July 15, 2004 09:50 PM

The USTA today announced that Oshe Robinson and Nadia Jefferies from North Carolina, Edward Baldwin from Alabama and Marcus Mitchell from South Carolina were among the 30 youngsters, ages 11-15, selected for its 2004 USTA/NJTL Invitational Tennis Leadership Camp, to be held from July 20-25, 2004 at the Star Island Resorts in Orlando, Fla.

Oshe Robinson, 12, of Chapel Hill, NC, is a member of the Durham NJTL. A strong player who is very quick around the court, Oshe relates well with others. She played #1 on a 7th grade team and will probably do so again next year. Oshe's other activities and interests include; math, science engineering aerospace academy; Civil Air Patrol cadet; and golf. She owns a 3.0 JNTRP ranking.

Nadia Jefferies, 14, of Garner, NC, is a member of the USA Tennis NJTL of Raleigh. Nadia has the perfect attitude for tennis and she models her game and sportsmanship after her heroes Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe. She is the local NJTL 12’s champion and is a class leader in all her subjects with A grades. She owns a 3.0 JNTRP ranking.

Edward Baldwin, 14, of Birmingham, AL, is a member of the James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation. He is looking forward to playng tennis in college. He has knowledge on how to take the good with the bad in sportsmanship. His favorite subject is science. He plays basketball, pool, & football. He does charitable work seven hours a day during the summer and is an alter boy at church. He owns a 3.5 JNTRP ranking.

Marcus Mitchell, 14, of Johns Island, SC, is a member of the USA Tennis NJTL Charleston. He was a finalist in the Charleston Low Country Challenger tournament in singles and winner in doubles in March. He wants to become an anesthesiologist. He is a great sport and well liked by his peers. Marcus has a very good attitude and works hard on his game. He is a member of the Academic Magnet high school tennis team; member of S.A.D.D.; in youth choir and is an usher at his church. He owns a 4.0 JNTRP ranking.

The camp is exclusively for youth from USA Tennis National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) programs nationwide who have demonstrated tennis talent, sportsmanship, leadership skills, and financial need. The all-expense paid week-long trip provides the youngsters with an educational and motivational experience. In addition to training with top teachers at the Vic Braden Tennis Club and career counseling, the youngsters will also visit NASA, the Astronaut Hall of Fame, Universal Amusement Park and many other area attractions.

“These young people were chosen for the leadership potential they demonstrated as well as their love of the game of tennis,” said D.A. Abrams, Director of Community Outreach, USTA. “The camp’s emphasis on individual development, physical fitness, good nutrition and sportsmanship will help ensure that today’s kids will become tomorrow’s leaders and, who knows, maybe like former touring professional, Rodney Harmon, tomorrow’s champions as well.

The USA Tennis/NJTL Invitational Tennis Camp was created in 1984 to provide an educational as well as motivational tennis experience for USA Tennis/NJTL participants who could not afford such an opportunity. The camp’s objective is to provide USA Tennis/NJTL participants a chance to be part of a life lasting tennis and social experience. The week long session emphasizes individual skill development, physical fitness, proper nutrition, good sportsmanship and other healthy attitudes.

USA Tennis/NJTL, established in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder, has grown to more than over 900 chapters with over 250,000 participants. It is a delivery system for the USTA’s USA Tennis programs, giving youth an opportunity to play tennis while also providing a safe haven, adult role models and tennis instruction.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States and is a not-for-profit organization with more than 675,000 members. It owns and operates the US Open and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the Olympics and Paralympic Games.

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