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The 21st Annual USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Contest presented by Deloitte launched on February 1, 2019.
 
Entries must be submitted by a currently registered NJTL chapter. Each NJTL chapter can set a local deadline for entries. NJTL Chapters were emailed materials to help them promote this opportunity for NJTL youth. If you are an NJTL and need more information, please contact us at njtl@usta.com. NJTL youth who wish to participate must contact their local NJTL chapter for more information and to enter. 
 
The question for the essay is, "This year marks the 50th anniversary of NJTL. What specific impact do you hope your chapter can make in your community today that you would want remembered 50 years from now?"
 
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 an official entry form and the rules click here
 
Submission Instructions:
Entries for the 2019 NJTL Essay Contest presented by Deloitte must be submitted to the USTA Foundation by a currently enrolled NJTL chapter. Entries from individuals will not be accepted. Submissions must be provided by a currently registered NJTL chapter via the USTA Foundation Funding Portal (https://usta.fluxx.io/) prior to 12:00 pm ET on Friday, June 28, 2019.

Chapters will submit all of their entries at one time. No supplemental entries will be accepted. These will be uploaded into the USTA Foundation Funding Portal. A summary spreadsheet of all entries is also required. A template for this spreadsheet can be downloaded here.

A single PDF file for each of the award categories should be created with the contest entry form as the cover sheet followed by the essay. The file name should follow the naming convention of GenderAge_Chapter_Name. For example, M10U_Aces_in_Motion.pdf or F17-18_EPATT.pdf. Do not create a PDF with all entries combined. If you have an exceptionally large number of entries for an award category, you can create multiple PDFs for ease in scanning/upload, BUT these must be clearly labeled/names such as File_1_of_3_M13-14_Aces_in_Motion

Incomplete Contest Entry Forms and Essay Sheets will automatically be voided and not considered. The signature on the Contest Entry Form must be that of the parent/guardian; NJTL chapters cannot sign on behalf of the parent/guardian.

 

How to Submit Entries via the USTA Foundation Funding Portal (https://usta.fluxx.io/

All NJTL chapters already enrolled with the USTA Foundation Funding Portal do NOT have to register again and such chapters will automatically have the NJTL Essay Contest Submission Form added to the Pending Requests portion of their Portal profile on January 2, 2019.

An account for the USTA Foundation Funding Portal must be created and approved prior to the submission of the entries. This registration process averages 1-2 days. Therefore, we recommend that an NJTL chapter should register with the portal no later than June 17, 2019, in order to assist in a smooth submission process.

Creating a USTA Foundation Funding and Program Portal Account 1. Go to https://usta.fluxx.io/. 2. From the right side of the screen, follow the link to apply for a scholarship or grant. You will be redirected to the Welcome to the USTA Foundation Funding and Program Portal Registration landing page. 3. From this page, navigate to the field Are you applying as an individual or organization, and click Organization from the drop-down menu. 4. Please complete as many fields as possible, and note that the fields in bold are required. Then, click the Submit Request button at the end of the page.

Deadline NJTL Chapters may choose any local deadline for their essay entries, as long as all submissions for consideration for the USTA Section and National winners are submitted to the USTA Foundation as described above on or before 12:00 pm ET on Friday, June 28, 2019. See Official Contest Rules for all details and instructions.

 

NJTL chapters with questions about the 2019 NJTL Essay Contest presented by Deloitte, should email njtl@usta.com

 
The 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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