Congratulations to our National Winners of the

2018 NJTL Essay Contest presented by Deloitte!

Click here for a list of the 2018 NJTL National Essay Contest Winners.
To view photos from the weekend celebrating the winners click here

The National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network is a nationwide network of community tennis organizations seeking to develop the character of young people through tennis and education. NJTLs are unique because they offer a variety of on-court programming and also educational and life skill components designed to enhance a child’s overall development.

Founded in 1969, 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, and by giving all kids the opportunity to fully develop their tennis skills so they can derive a lifetime of enjoyment from the sport.

Deloitte, one of the world's largest professional services organizations, has become the first-ever presenting sponsor of the USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Contest. Deloitte has joined forces with the USTA Foundation to help under-resourced youth to advance their education and fulfill their potential. We encourage you to read the press release to learn more about this exciting new partnership between the USTA Foundation and Deloitte.


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Entries for the 2018 NJTL Essay Contest were submitted to the USTA Foundation by an NJTL on or before 12:00 pm Eastern on Friday, June 29, 2018. NJTL chapters could set local deadlines prior to this date. No individual entries were accepted. The question for the essay was, "What is the most important lesson you have learned thus far through NJTL, and how does that lesson help you in your life as a student, a tennis player, and an individual?" NJTL youth who wished to participate had to contact their local NJTL chapter for more information and to enter.

NJTL chapters with questions about the 2018 NJTL Essay Contest presented by Deloitte, should email  

The NJTL Essay Contest is a widely acclaimed educational tool.  NJTL participants are asked to write essays answering a thought-provoking question requiring research and analysis.  Thousands of entries are received each year and 10 national winners (one boy and one girl from each age group) receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City to participate in Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at the US Open and to accept their awards at the NJTL Essay Awards Luncheon.  For 2018, 2,794 entries were received. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we are always amazed at the thoughtfulness of each and every student. 




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