USTA Southern Juniors Visit Arthur Ashe Kid's Day

September 18, 2007 12:16 PM

The USTA Southern Section in conjunction with the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation rewarded eight juniors from throughout the Southern Section for outstanding essays in the Arthur Ashe Essay Contest. Jade Stewart of Birmingham, Ala., E’lysia Ortiz of Augusta, Ga., Dejan Dominic of Louisville, Ky., Ben Simpson of Baton Rouge, La., Darin Yates of Greenville, Miss., Olivia Muhuthia of Raleigh, N.C., Ebony Fields of Charleston, S.C., and Jared Woodson of Columbia, S.C., received an all expense paid trip to New York City for Arthur Ashe Kids Day and Opening Day at the US Open Tournament.

The USTA/National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) is a nation-wide network of community tennis organizations seeking to develop the character of young people through tennis and education. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell, and Sheridan Snyder, this growing network of tennis providers share similar values, ideals, and goals by:

  • reaching out to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to play the sport
  • instilling in youngsters the values of leadership and academic excellence
  • giving all kids (regardless of income, race, gender) the opportunity to fully develop their tennis skills so they can derive a life time of enjoyment from the sport

The NJTL was created for kids to get exercise, make friends, and have fun in a team-oriented and safe environment. NJTLs offer a variety of on and off-court programming, emphasizing educational and life-skill components to enhance overall development. This curriculum is offered at little or no cost to the participant. Many of the costs associated with running a program are decentralized by in-kind and monetary support from the USTA, allowing for local chapters/programs to provide high-quality programming for their constituents. There are over 520 registered chapters/programs throughout the nation and 200,000 participants aged 6 – 18. To view highlights from the trip click here.