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Mobile's New Lyons Park Honored With National NJTL Award

December 18, 2008 07:00 AM

New Lyons Park NJTL in Mobile, Ala. was named 2008 NJTL of the Year, the USTA’s national award.

The city park showed a 167 percent USTA membership increase and a 31 percent participation increase during the year.

Eighty-six percent of the eligible students submitted entries for the Arthur Ashe Essay and Art Contest, one of which represented Alabama at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in 2008. Four participants attended tennis leadership camps .

Other accomplishments included providing free math tutoring to 100 children. Twenty-two participants have played high school tennis with four gaining college scholarships.

The park’s NJTL – which stands for National Junior Tennis League -- is conducted by seven instructors three mornings a week during the summer at New Lyons Park and the Texas Street facility. New Lyons Park conducts the program year-round. James Richardson is program director.

 

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