Arthur Ashe Essay Contest
The Lee CTA is proud to be a National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) Chapter! The NJTL ESSAY CONTEST (formerly know as "The Arthur ashe ESSAY CONTEST") is open to all children 6-18 years, who have participated in LEE CTA tennis programs. All entrants ARE eligible for USTA New England Awards and USTA National Awards
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Sophia Puntin - WINNER - USTA/NEW ENGLAND - Girls 11/12
"The most important lesson I have learned through NJTL is you have to be focused. As a tennis player you have to keep your eye on the ball, and you can't get distracted or else you will most likely lose the game. In tennis, you must stay focused if you want to do your best. And doing you best is just as important as staying focused. If you do your best, then you will probably do better than if you just swing your racket around and not try your best. In tennis, you also have to be respectful to the other players and you should always put effort into tennis." Click here to read the full essay. Congratulations Sophia!!!
Sadie Burrows, Age 6 - WINNER - LEE CTA - Girls 10 & Under
"I want to respect the world...I want to respect my friends...I want to respect the world, you see, so I can meet new friends...If I don't meet new friends, you see, I will be lonely...If I'm lonely, you see, how will I learn to play tennis?" Click here to read the full essay. Congratulations Sadie!!!
Surianna Lee - WINNER - USTA/New England - Girls 13/14
"Tennis at first may seem like an individualized sport, and that every man is for himself. Especially by playing on a high school tennis team, I have realized that you all work together to win each point and each match and every player is crucial, even if you play the last spot on the team. From this, I have learned to face challenges by looking at them from multiple points of view instead of just mine and taking others into consideration before acting by myself." click here to read the full essay. Congratulations Suri !!!.
Bunnie Lahey, Founder
"UP UNTIL 2016, ENTRANTS WERE ASKED TO WRITE ESSAYS ABOUT LESSONS THEY HAD LEARNED WHICH RELATED TO THE LIFE & IDEALS OF ARTHUR ASHE, THE FOUNDER OF NJTL. HIS DESIRE TO HELP CHILDREN DEVELOP SKILLS FOR LEADERSHIP AND ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE THROUGH TENNIS MOTIVATED ME TO ORGANIZE THE LEE CTA/NJTL CHAPTER IN 1992. I'M HOPING TO MAINTAIN THAT FOCUS FOR YEARS TO COME." --Clare "Bunnie" Lahey, Founder