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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. 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.

2017 USTA Southern NJTL Calendar

  • Chase Return The Serve; A’s And Aces NJTL; New Orleans, LA; July 14, 2017
  • NJTL Regional Tennis & Leadership Camp; Georgia Tech; Atlanta, GA; July 20-23, 2017 Click to register. Download flyer.
  • 2017 NJTL Regional Rally; July 29; Greenville, MS; 10am-4pm
  • NJTL State Essay Contest winners trip to Winston-Salem Open; August 19-21, 2017
  • 2017 HBCU Championships; College Park, GA; September 14-16, 2017
  • HBCU High School Combine; Saturday, September 16; South Fulton Tennis Center, College Park, GA
  • USTA Southern Regional NJTL Ace/Stem Training; Atlanta, GA; October 27-29, 2017. Click here to register.


2016 NJTL Regional Tennis Leadership Camp

The Regional Tennis Leadership Camp, ran July 22-24, 2016 at the University of Mississippi. Click here for a photo collage of this very successful debut program. 

More information

Contact Cee Jai Jones, USTA Southern Director of Diversity, NJTL & Grants.


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