In 1969, the National Junior Tennis League was created as a way to gain and hold the attention of young people, with the hope of teaching them the importance of character, getting an education and becoming productive citizens.


Today, the now-named National Junior Tennis and Learning network features more than 250 nonprofit youth development organizations that offer free or low-cost tennis and education programming to over 160,000 under-resourced youth each year.


NJTL is supported by the USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the USTA. The work done by its member chapters includes after-school tutoring that focuses on academic enrichment, a life-skills curriculum and, of course, tennis.


In 2019, the USTA Foundation celebrated 50 Years of NJTL.  


What are the benefits of becoming an NJTL chapter and what is the Star Level System?


The Star Level System simple five-tier system is designed to enable chapters to perform at a higher level. Standardization can help each NJTL understand proven practices for nonprofit and youth organizations. The system can further define their internal capabilities as an organization, explore ways to improve and ultimately, deliver tennis and education programming that best meets the specific needs of the community/communities they serve.


Each Star Level has distinct requirements to meet to gain status as well as different benefits afforded each chapter based on Star Level achievement.


To view the benefits of becoming an NJTL and the Star Level criteria click here.  


In addition, both 4-star and 3-star chapters have distinguished marks that can be used on any NJTL chapter marketing materials. 



If your chapter would like access to this mark, please contact for the files. 



NJTL Spotlight

The USTA Foundation would like to highlight its twenty five enrolled 4-Star organizations in 2019 for the hard work and dedication that they put forth in their community. These NJTL chapters have achieved the highest level of achievement.  Learn more about each organization by clicking on the link provided.