Pictured here are our National Winners of the

2019 NJTL Essay Contest presented by Deloitte!


2019 NJTL Essay Contest

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.comNJTL 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 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.

List of 2019 NJTL Essay Contest Winners

Girls/Boys 10 and Under

Kerrigan Cannon, Tennis Memphis

Malcolm Moore, Dallas Tennis & Education Academy


Girls/Boys 12 and Under

Meria Pha, St. Paul Urban Tennis

Xander Freeman, MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation


Girls/Boys 14 and Under

Sara Contreras, Highland Park Tennis Association

Quinn Morris, First Serve New Mexico


Girls/Boys 16 and Under

Amanda Trujillo, First Serve New Mexico

James Bostick, A's & Aces


Girls/Boys 18 and Under

Daniela Padron-Castillo, Dallas Tennis & Education Academy

Jesse Simpson, Greensboro Tennis Foundation


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NJTL chapters with questions about the 2019 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.