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2021 RTA 5th Annual Local Essay Contest

2021 marks the RTA's 5th Annual Local Essay Contest, in conjunction with the USTA Foundation's 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 NJTL Essay Contest. All Raleigh youth tennis players 18 years of age and under are encouraged to participate.

The contest entry period launched on March 24, 2021, and closes at 12:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

The Raleigh Tennis Association will submit all local essays on behalf of the entrants into the National NJTL Essay Contest. As part of the national contest, all RTA local essay contest participants have a chance to win a trip to New York City, October 8 - 10, 2021!

The RTA will review local essays to determine local winners at the 10 & Under, 12 & Under, 14 & Under, 16 & Under, and 18 & Under age groups. Winners will receive a prize package and recognition on the RTA website and social media channels. Last year's winners can be found here.

2021 Essay 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?

More about Robert Hyland


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