About National Junior Tennis & Learning
The USTA/National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network is a nation-wide group of more than 600 non-profit youth development organizations that provide free or low cost tennis, education and life skills programming to more than 250,000 children each year.
NJTL develops the character of young people by emphasizing the ideals and life of co-founder Arthur Ashe . While NJTL’s vary in size and programming, this growing network shares a commitment to positive youth development, the importance of education, and tennis as a lifetime sport.
NJTL Mission Statement
To provide tennis and education to America's underserved youth.
Founded in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell, and Sheridan Snyder, this growing network of tennis and education 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
- Giving all kids (regardless of income, race, gender) the opportunity to fully develop their tennis skills so they can derive a life time of enjoyment from the sport