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?”


National Essay Winners

The Raleigh Tennis Association is an NJTL Chapter; and is accepting applications for the 2020 NJTL Essay Contest for 18 and Under.  In  conjunction with the National Essay Contest, the Raleigh Tennis Association will be reviewing local essays to determine a local winner. All local submissions will also be submitted into the National contest. Local Prizes will be announced. 

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." 

The USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Grant presented by Deloitte launched on June 8, 2020, and is a widely acclaimed educational tool. NJTL participants are asked to write essays answering a thought-provoking question requiring research and analysis. The question for the 2020 Essay Grant is, "Everyone measures success differently. How do you strive for success in terms of your character development, education, or tennis?" 

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. If you have any questions, please email njtl@usta.com.

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 Grant. Deloitte has joined forces with the USTA Foundation to help under-resourced youth to advance their education and fulfill their potential. If you have any questions regarding the National NJTL Essay Contest, please email us at njtl@usta.com.

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