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 Lee CTA,
USTA New England, and USTA National Awards.
Winners are chosen from the following age categories: 10 and Under, 11/12, 13/14, 15/16, 17/18 (1 boy and 1 girl from each category).
The 10 USTA New England finalists receive a plaque engraved with their names (ARV: $25). The 10 USTA National winners are awarded a 4-day trip with parent/legal guardian to New York City for Arthur Ashe Kids' Day (ARV $1600 each). National winners also attend a professional tennis event, see a Broadway show, and receive a special award at a luncheon held in their honor.
Children are encouraged to write an essay about lessons they have learned which relate to the life and ideals of tennis legend Arthur Ashe, the founder of the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) program. His desire to help children develop skills for leadership and academic excellence motivated me to organize the Lee CTA/NJTL Chapter in 1992. We hope to maintain that focus for many more years!
- Clare "Bunnie" Lahey, Founder, 2021
For every hour a child spends on the court, an hour should be spent with a book.
-Arthur Ashe, NJTL Founder, 1971
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