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Southern Players Selected for USTA Tennis Leadership Camp

July 10, 2006 11:26 AM

Three Southern NJTL junior players were selected to attend the USTA Tennis Leadership Camp in San Diego, CA, July 18-23rd. Naima Simpkins of Augusta, GA (MACH Academy), Gabriel Middlebrook of Charleston, SC (Courting Kids NJTL) and Jeff Preptit of Bristol, TN (Bristol NJTL) were selected to be one of the forty attendees nationwide based on their sportsmanship and leadership skills.

The Tennis Leadership Camp creates opportunity for NJTL participants to experience an intense week of training, emphasizing individual skills development, physical fitness, proper nutrition, good sportsmanship and other healthy attitudes. At the Camp, kids will meet other kids that love tennis, train with experienced pros, participate in a career counseling night, interact with special guest speakers, and visit local area attractions. Created in 1984 to provide an educational as well as motivational tennis experience for NJTL participants who could not afford such an opportunity, the goal of the Camp is to provide NJTL participants a chance to be part of a life lasting tennis and social experience.

Since its establishment by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell, and Sheridan Snyder in 1969, the National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) has made a significant impact on the lives of millions of our nation’s youth by providing tennis-skill, educational, and social development. It is the mission of this program to develop the character of young people through tennis emphasizing the ideals and life of Arthur Ashe in the following ways:

  • Reaching out to young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn and play tennis,
  • Instilling the values of humanitarianism, leadership, and academic excellence
  • Introducing the opportunity to fully develop tennis skill potential for a lifetime of enjoyment.
 

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