2017 Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the US Open featuring 3 USTA Southern winners (Ducky Steward,
2nd from left; Dawson Pope, 5th from left; Jaylon Bokknight, 2nd from the right)


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. View Facebook gallery of photos from the Winston-Salem Open.

Nigel Billings; Birmingham, ALJames Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation
Ashstyn PatilloLittle Rock, AROur House
Chase Allen Hephzibah, GAMACH Academy
Elias GhafooriLouisville, KYRising Stars of Kentucky
James BostickNew OrleansA’s & Aces
Bailey WashingtonColumbus, MSGolden Triangle Tennis
Jesse Simpson IVGreensboro, NCGreensboro Tennis Foundation
Makayla CobbsReevesville, SCSt. George Youth Sports League
Ellison ReynoldsonCamden, TNNorthwest Tennessee Racquet Club


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 to apply. 

2018 USTA Southern NJTL Calendar

  • 2018 NJTL Chapter of the Year Award Nominations; Deadline to submit: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 5pm (Eastern Time)
  • USTA Southern Regional NJTL ACE/STEM Training; Indianapolis, IN; May 5-6, 2018. The training has reached capacity and registration is closed. For more information, click here
  • USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Contest; Deadline for entries: June 29, 2018. Must contact local NJTL Chapter.
  • NJTL Regional Tennis & Leadership Camp; Samford University; Birmingham, AL; July 19-22, 2018
  • NJTL State Essay Contest winners trip to Winston-Salem Open; Aug. 18-20, 2018
  • US Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day; NY; Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018


More information

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