The USTA/National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network is a nation-wide group 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 tennis
- instilling in youngsters the values of leadership and academic excellence
- giving all kids (regardless of income, race, gender) the opportunity to develop their tennis skills so they can derive a life time of enjoyment from the sport
Exclusive Benefits For NJTL participants in USTA Southern
Arthur Ashe Essay Contest Trip to Winston-Salem Open
All expense paid trip to the Winston-Salem Open to experience the inner workings of a professional tennis tournament and interact with the players. To be eligible, you must submit an essay for the National Arthur Ashe Essay Contest. One winner from each state will be chosen from those contestants that did NOT win the National trip to New York. Click here for the Essay Contest application and rules.
Program Grants and Camp Scholarships
Financial assistance to attend summer camp for NJTL participants who exemplify strong values and personal character. We also have funding to start or expand an NJTL Program or Chapter. Click here for more information and the applications.
Contact Cee Jai Jones, USTA Southern Director of Diversity, NJTL & Grants.