What is an NJTL?

In 1969, the National Junior Tennis League was created to gain and hold the attention of young people, with the hope of teaching them the importance of character, getting an education, and becoming productive citizens.


Today now-named National Junior Tennis and Learning ("NJTL") network, it features more than 250 nonprofit youth development organizations that offer free or low-cost tennis and education programming to over 160,000 under-resourced youth each year.


NJTL Network is supported by the USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the USTA.

Is RTA an NJTL Chapter?

Yes, RTA is a 2021 USTA Foundation recognized NJTL organization and is part of the NJTL nation-wide network. The Raleigh Tennis Association seeks to develop the character of young people through tennis and education. Our goal as a chapter is to facilitate the RTA’s efforts to strengthen our NJTL programming and outreach; but also have a significant impact on the improvement of the other NJTL chapters in Raleigh that we support.

NJTL Essay Contest

2021 marks the RTAs 5th Annual Local Essay Contest, in conjunction with the National NJTL Essay Contest Grant, to encourage educational opportunities that enhance children’s overall development. The RTA essay contest was established to increase local participation in the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Essay Contest. All Raleigh youth tennis players are encouraged to participate.


The Raleigh Tennis Association will be reviewing local essays to determine a local winner.


Entries are due on Wednesday, July 14th at 12:00 PM EDT.  Click here for more information.

2021 - The Question

Robert Ryland was an accomplished tennis player and coach. He was known for seeing the possibilities in those he coached and within himself. Mr. Ryland was the first African-American professional tennis player and the first African-American to play in the NCAA National Championships.


What facts about his story inspire you to break boundaries and excel in school, sports, and to follow your dreams? What are your possibilities?

Click here for more information about and submission link for the 2021 Essay Contest.

Local NJTL Essay Winners

2020 Winners

10U: Charles Stanbury

14U: Ellie Smith

18U: R'mani Henry

Read more about the 2020 winners and watch them read their essays on our blog.

2019 Winners
10U:  Krish Attaluri
14U: Brianna Stewart
18U: Jocelyn Montalban

2018 Winners
10U: Lola Lia
14U: Tory Mullis
​18U: Benjamin Jones

​2018 10U National Winner:
10U Krish Attaluri

2017 Winners

10U: Brianna Stewart
14U: Patricia "Grace" Koehler
​18U: Josiah Farrar