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

Is RTA an NJTL Chapter?

Yes, RTA is part of the National Junior Tennis and Learning (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

In 2020, RTA launched its' fourth 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 NJTLs are encouraged to participate.


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

2020 - The Question

“Everyone measures success differently. How do you strive for success in terms of your character development, education, or tennis?”

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

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