10U Winner: Brianna Stewart

"Self control is also important in everything that you do. In tennis, if you have self control, you will not have to pay for a new racquet, and will not get in trouble with your parents. In everyday life, if you are mad at your friend, and you have self control, you will most likely be able to solve the problem, and not cause more problems. If you have no self control, you will create trouble for yourself. You might even lose that friend. So, always have self control, and your life will be much better."

NJTL Essay Contest Details

Raleigh Tennis Association is hosting Essay Contest.  The contest is open to all 10U, 14U and 18U players living in the Raleigh area.  All entries submitted for the local contest will be forwarded to the USTA Foundation for national judging. National essay winners will be guests at the 2017 Kids’ Day at the US Open on Aug. 26.


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.

​In addition to tennis, education and life skills are extremely important to the development of our youth. Which one of the three components above is most important to you, and how will it help you throughout your life?


Local winners will be eligible for a prize package that include gifts from tennisbloc, Seven Oaks, Raleigh Racquet Club, NC State Fair, Atlantic Tire Championship, North Hills Club, Omega Sports, Love All Tennis, RTA Scholarships, and more..  To be eligible for these prizes, essays must be submitted directly to Raleigh Tennis Association for judging.

18U Winner: Josiah Farrar, SportsWorks
“The combination of healthful living, education, and life skills are keys to a productive life. A well rounded person will achieve great success because they can balance all three components and not just focus on one.”

14U Winner: Patricia “Grace” Koehler,  Ebony Racquet Club
“My coach is Ebony, Coach K, teaches me about self-respect on the court. At a recent doubles match, my teammate and I were losing. During a break, Coach K pulled us over to talk. She didn’t yell at us or get angry. Quietly, Coach said, “Tell yourself you can do it and you’re strong. Don’t put yourself down. Tell yourself you can win, because I know you can win. We didn’t win the match, but I knew I tried my best. Self-respect is believing I have value and I can do anything I put my mind too.”