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."

Write Your Way To NYC!

Raleigh Tennis Association is hosting an NJTL 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 as well. National essay winners will be guests at the 2018 Kids’ Day at the US Open..


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.


The NJTL Essay Contest is a widely acclaimed educational tool.  NJTL participants are asked to write essays answering a thought provoking question requiring research and analysis.  Over 2500 entries are recieved each year and 10 national winners (one boy and one girl from each age group) 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.  It's a once in a lifetime experience and we are always amazed at the thoughtfulness of each and every student.  

What is the most important lesson you have learned thus far through NJTL, and how does that lesson help you in your life as a student, a tennis player, and and individual?  Please include the name of your NJTL in your answer.

Entry forms and essays must be submitted to NJTL@RaleighTennis.com by June 22nd

Download the entry form and blank essay sheet below:

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.”