The 20th Annual USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Contest is now open! Entries for the 2018 NJTL Essay Contest must be submitted to the USTA Foundation by an NJTL on or before 12:00 pm Eastern on Friday, June 29, 2018. NJTL chapters may set local deadlines prior to this date. No individual entries will be accepted. The question for the essay is, "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?" Contact your local NJTL chapter for more information and to enter.

If you are an NJTL chapter and have questions about the 2018 NJTL Essay Contest, please 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.  Over 2500 entries are recieved 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.  It's a once in a lifetime experience and we are always amazed at the thoughtfulness of each and every student.  


Congratulations to our 2017 NJTL National Essay Contest Winners!

Click here for a list of the 2017 NJTL National Essay Contest Winners.
To view photos from the weekend celebrating the winners including photos from Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, click here. For photos from the Awards Luncheon, 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.

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