The USTA/National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network is a nation-wide group of community tennis organizations seeking to develop the character of young people through tennis and education. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell, and Sheridan Snyder, 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
- 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
NJTLs are unique because they offer a variety of on-court programming and also educational and life-skill components designed to enhance a player’s overall development. These educational components are diverse in nature, but can vary from things like mentoring, drug and alcohol counseling, to things like computer skills training, health and nutrition, and college preparation. The NJTL is a great way for kids to get exercise, make friends, and have fun in a team-oriented and safe environment.
This curriculum is offered at little or no cost to the participant. Many of the costs associated with running a program are decentralized by in-kind and monetary support from the USTA, allowing for local chapters/programs to provide high-quality programming for their constituents.
Rhode Island NJTL Chapters
Serving Providence Organized Tennis (SPOT) – NJTL Chapter
We are Serving Providence Organized Tennis, Inc. (“SPOT”): located next to the zoo at the Todd Morsilli Clay Court Tennis Center in Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI. Come enjoy … “on Rhode Island’s ONLY public clay court facility”. We have 10 beautiful clay courts. So come visit and “Get in the Game!”
Larry Sack – Director of Tennis
Roger Williams Park
Todd Morsilli Clay Court Tennis Center
Hawthorne Street near Zoo, Providence, Rhode Island 02905
South County NJTL (SCCTA) – NJTL Chapter
We are here to help GROW the sport of TENNIS in Charlestown, Exeter, Jamestown, Narragansett, North Kingstown, South Kingstown and Westerly. You are all invited to use visit and use our site as a gathering place for sharing thoughts and ideas about how we can advance the sport of tennis here in South County. For more information contact Sandy Sweet (401) 932-9345 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.sccta.info.
International Tennis Hall of Fame – NJTL Chapter
The team at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI put on a yearly program in the summer and winter to provide for children in Newport to grow their tennis game and academic strength as well. Children enrolled in this program receive tennis lessons from pros at the Hall of Fame tennis club and receive tutoring afterwards to grow as student-athletes. For more information contact Marguerite Marano at email@example.com or visit their website at https://www.tennisfame.com/teamfame