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Congratulations to the 15th Annual Arthur Ashe Essay Contest winners!

The 15th Annual Arthur Ashe Essay Contest officially ended on July 10, 2013

NJTL youth participants wrote their answer to the following question: "If you could follow in Arthur Ashe’s footsteps and 'give back' to tennis, what would you do to give back to the game, and how would it impact others?"

Category Name NJTL Chapter USTA Section
Essay Boys 10U Derek K Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Middle States
Essay Boys 11-12 Andrew C. Youth Tennis Advantage Northern California
Essay Boys 13-14 Alex E. InnerCity Tennis Northern
Essay Boys 15-16 Chor L. Rodney Street Tennis & Tutoring Association Middle States
Essay Boys 17-18 Cody S. Dallas Tennis Association Texas
Essay Girls 10U Jada R. Genisis School Missouri Valley
Essay Girls 11-12 Destiny S. Harlm Junior Tennis and Education Porgram Eastern
Essay Girls 13-14 Lily C. Milwaukee Tennis & Education Foundation Midwest
Essay Girls 15-16 Grace T. NYJTL Eastern
Essay Girls 17-18 Lalla D. Harlm Junior Tennis and Education Porgram Eastern
Arthur Ashe was an American hero fighting battles both on and off the court. He broke barriers in the tennis world, becoming the first African-American male to win a Grand Slam tournament and finishing his career with three Grand Slam titles, including the 1968 US Open. Off the court, he was a social activist taking on issues like racial prejudice, AIDS, apartheid and education. One of his many legacies includes National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL), a network of youth-serving organizations that provide tennis and education for all. His wish was for NJTL to be a resource for kids to develop skills for leadership and academic excellence. As a participant at one of the 600 NJTL chapters across the country, tell us what you think of Arthur Ashe.
Visit the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at www.arthurashe.org for resources and information about Arthur Ashe and his legacy.
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