Essays for the National Contest were submitted for consideration on July 1. We will post the winners shortly.

Prize pack includes: gift cards, NC State Fair Tickets, tennis camp lessons, clinics and Atlantic Tire Championship tickets and ceremony recognition.

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."


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.

The Question

What is the most important lesson you have learned thus far through sports, tennis, and/or education, and how does that lesson help you in your life?

2018 RTA Essay Winners

We'd like to congratulate the following three winners for their moving essays : 

Lola Lia

Taylor Mullis

Benjamin Jones


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 prompt:

2017 National NJTL Essay Contest winners


The USTA Foundation is also running an NJTL essay contest.  Winners of the National Contest will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City to participate in Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at the US Open and to accept their awards at the NJTL Essay Awards Luncheon.  If you choose to participate in the National Contest, your entry will automatically be entered into the local contest as well. You do not need to answer both the local and national prompts!  All submissions for the National Contest will be forwarded to the National USTA Foundation for judging.  National Contest entries must be submitted on the following form. 

Please note that the prompt for the National contest is slightly different than the prompt for the local contest.

2017 Local NJTL Essay Contest Winners


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.”