Read clips of last year's winners inspiring essays below in response to a question about sportsmanship and integrity.
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."
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. The RTA is an NJTL chapter.
We know that community means different things to different people - your community is the people and places around you, like school, your neighborhood and your sports activities. How is that community affected when tennis is present? How do you want tennis in your community to be remembered in the future?
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. Participants are asked to write an essay answering the following :
2018 National NJTL Essay Contest 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."
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