The USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Contest presented by Deloitte is now closed. NJTL participants were asked to write essays answering a thought-provoking question requiring research and analysis.


The question for the 2021 Essay Contest  was, "Robert Ryland was an accomplished tennis player and coach. He was known for seeing the possibilities in those he coached and within himself.  Mr. Ryland was the first African-American professional tennis player and the first African-American to play in the NCAA National Championships. What facts about his story inspire you to break boundaries and excel in school, sports, and to follow your dreams? What are your possibilities?" 


NJTL Chapters must submit all applications for the USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Contest via the USTA Foundation Funding and Program Portal no later than 12:00pm ET on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. NJTL Chapters are subject to the terms of the 2021 USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Contest, and will confirm the same upon essay submission into the USTA Foundation Funding and Program Portal. Each NJTL chapter can set a local deadline for applications. NJTL Chapters will have access to  materials to help them promote this opportunity for NJTL youth. NJTL youth who wish to participate must contact their local NJTL chapter for more information and to apply. If you have any questions, please email


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.