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USTA Southerners recognized as National Essay Contest winners: Kerrigan Cannon (Tennis
Memphis, TN), front row, third from the left; back 
row: Jesse Simpson IV (Greensboro Tennis
Foundation, NC) extreme left and James Bostick (As & Aces, New Orleans) second from the left.
Event was the 2019 Arthur Ashe Kids Day.

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
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Exclusive Benefits For NJTL participants in USTA Southern

USTA Foundation NJTL 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 USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Contest.One winner from each state will be chosen from those contestants that did not win the National trip to New York. 

Congratulations to the following winners and NJTL Chapters. Click here for the story and photos. 

2019 NJTL Leadership Camp
See our video below from the 2019 NJTL Leadership Camp conducted over the summer in Nashville, TN.


Program Grants
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 to apply. 


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More information

Contact Cee Jai Jones, USTA Southern Director, Diversity, NJTL & Grants
Contact Jean Marie Simon, USTA Southern Coordinator, NJTL & Foundation

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