Raleigh Tennis Association is hosting a local NJTL Essay contest for 10U, 14U and 18U players. Essays will be judged by a local panel and a winner will be awarded in each category. Winners will receive an exciting prize package and will be recognized at the Raleigh Pro League and the Atlantic Tire Championships.  All local essay entrees will also be submitted to state, southern, and national for a chance to win. National winner will win a trip to New York City for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day! Participants are asked to write an essay answering the following :

National Essay Winners

2019 Local NJTL Essay Contest Winners


18U Winner: Jocelyn Montalban, Boys & Girls Club
“My community means a lot ot me. It's where I grew up, I learned from it and it's part of me. I would like to impact my community by making it a safe, fun, place for all the other generations after me. The Boys and Girls Club is a place where kids can come be themselves, express themselves and be accepted and not judged by others. In 50 years from now, I want my community to be remembered where I grew up, which is a place where kids can go to escape from violence in their community and can go to have a fun time." 


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 nearly 300 nonprofit youth development organizations that offer free or low-cost tennis and education programming to about 180,000 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. 

14U Winner: Brianna Stewart,  RTA
“I hope that my NJTL chapter will address this problem by providing free transportation.  Free transportation to NJTL programs will make things easier on the parents, who are working really hard to keep food on the table, and thus will let more kids join who could not have joined otherwise.  For example, NJTL could provide bussing from public schools, have one or more common meeting areas where a bus picks up the kids, and/or could provide public transportation fares (for kids in bigger cities, like Raleigh). I would like my NJTL chapter to provide more access to NJTL tennis and education programs by providing free transportation to such programs.  This is the impact that I want my chapter to be remembered for 50 years from now."

2018 Local NJTL Essay Contest Winners
10U Winner: Lola Lia
14U Winner: Tory Mullis
​18U Winner: Benjamin Jones

2018 10U National Winner:
10U Krish Winner Attaluri, RTA

2017 Local NJTL Essay Contest Winners

10U Winner: Brianna Stewart
14U Winner: Patricia "Grace" Koehler
​18U Winner: Josiah Farrar

10U Winner: Krish Attaluri, RTA 
"I would like my local NJTL chapter to create policies or programs, that would make tennis as popular as soccer, basketball, or baseball. It will help kids like me play tennis while spending time with friends and this will also help my local NJTL chapter to be remembered 50 years from now, for making tennis a widely played sport in the community and in the process produce many good tennis players as well. Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is more important than the outcome”. NJTL members, tennis coaches and kids like me are all part of the journey to make tennis as popular as other sports and to let everyone know that playing tennis is fun and a skill that we can enjoy all our life."

2020-The Question

“Everyone measures success differently. How do you strive for success in terms of your character development, education, or tennis?”

The 22nd Annual USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Contest  presented by Deloitte launched on January 2, 2020. 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. NJTL youth who wish to participate must contact their local NJTL chapter for more information and to enter.