2017 NJTL And NIKE Camp Scholarships

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 NJTL and NIKE Camp Scholarships. Apply here

There are 24 scholarships available for the NJTL camp (12 boys and 12 girls).
There are 6 scholarships available for the NIKE Camps (3 boys and 3 girls).

If you are accepted for the Nike Scholarship you may choose any Nike camp in NorCal, as long as they have the availability to accommodate.

The NJTL camp will take place Monday, June, 26 - Thursday, June, 29 at Sonoma State University. 


19th Annual NJTL Essay Contest

Enter and you could win a trip to New York City for Kids' Day!

Contest entry period begins: March 20th, 2017
Contest entry period ends: July 7th, 2017, 5:00 PM ET



* Contestants must be a participant of an NJTL chapter

Please join USTA NorCal in congratulating the following winners of the 2016 Arthur Ashe Essay Contest. These student athletes wrote essays that stood out among their peers in Northern California.




What is National Junior Tennis & Learning?

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.


H.I.T.S. Program Video

For more information on H.I.T.S., please visit www.norcalhits.com


USTA Foundation Grants & Scholarships

The USTA Foundation believes in giving back, in supporting programs that utilize tennis and education to build brighter futures and more vibrant communities, and to support students who have excelled as they pursue a college education.

To date, the USTA Foundation has awarded more than $19 million in grants and scholarships to more than 270 programs, benefitting thousands of children and adults throughout the country.


Current NJTL Chapters

NJTL Chapter Contact Name
Amador Tennis Club Benita Asher
Amador Tennis Club: Tennis and Learning Dan Klement
Benicia Tennis Association Jojo Donetti
Border Youth Tennis Exchange Charlie Cutler
Center for Fathers and Families Kevin Rigdle
Chico Community Tennis Association Randy Stark
Davis Tennis Club Christopher Dewees
East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring* Dave Higaki
Footsteps Child Care Karen Haas-Foletta
Greater Vallejo Tennis Association Christopher Picone
Richmond Tennis Association Garry Hurlburt 
Sacramento Community Tennis Association* Alan Criswell
San Joaquin Valley Tennis Academy Edward Melfort
Sloane Stephens Foundation, Inc. Ronald Smith
South Bay Community Tennis Association Richard Dissley
Tennis for Schools, Inc. Carol Conidi
Watsonville Police Activities League (PAL) Coresta Angelo
Youth Tennis Advantage* Michael Skinner

* Bolded NJTL Chapters are part of the Capacity Building Program which is run by The USTA Foundation. The program provides long-term support to chapters that are committed to achieving significant growth. The support includes aid in building a skilled management team so that chapters can be impactful and sustainable.


2015 NJTL of the Year


Center for Fathers and Families


Contact Information

Jon Fierabend
Youth Tennis Specialist
(510) 263-0471

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