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Community and NJTL

Interested in Developing Tennis in Your Community?


If you're interested in building a case for developing tennis programming in your community, USTA Chicago is here to help.


A focused collaboration and cooperation within the tennis industry, with all the major associations working together, has resulted in considerable growth in tennis participation. We can provide you with research from across the state and the nation to help you advocate for the lifetime sport of tennis.


Additionally, USTA Chicago can connect your community to significant resources that will make it easier to start new tennis programs and expand existing ones. Funding opportunities, curriculum and lesson plans, on-court training, program and technical consultation and sharing best practices are some of the ways we can help!

Contact Mary Beth Bowman at to discuss ways USTA Chicago can support your efforts to develop tennis programs in your community.



National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL)

The USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network is a nationwide 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 or learn tennis
  • instilling in youngsters the values of leadership and academic excellence
  • giving all kids (regardless of income, race, gender) the opportunity to develop their tennis skills so they can derive a lifetime of enjoyment from the sport


The USTA is committed to providing tennis education and reaching kids of all ages, helping them grow through the fundamentals and strategy of tennis, applying those lessons to day-to-day life events.


The NJTL is a great way for kids to get exercise, make friends, and have fun in a team-oriented and safe environment. NJTLs offer a variety of on and off-court programming, emphasizing educational and life-skill components to enhance overall development.


The Chicago District is proud to have the following NJTLs in our communities:

  • XS Tennis and Education Foundation
  • Love to Serve, Inc. Tennis and Education Foundation
  • Friends of Chicago International Charter School Tennis
Net Generation in the Community
Community Tennis Provider Registration

Are you a community tennis provider interested in receiving a free tennis equipment bag and curricula to teach tennis at your local community organization? Here is your opportunity – join Net Generation and become an approved Net Generation tennis provider. Net Generation is the USTA’s commitment to helping community organizations (parks, after-school programs, community tennis associations, NJTLs and more), parents and volunteers build youth tennis programs in their communities. Net Generation will provide resources and guidance along the way to make sure you have all the tools to feel confident in helping kids stay active.


Registration is free and easy!


  • Click here to become an approved Net Generation provider. 
  • Click here for help on how to register.


Once these steps are completed, the curricula and equipment bag will be shipped to you.


Equipment includes the following: roller equipment bag, (10) 23” youth racquets (10) 25” youth racquets, (18) red balls, (18) orange balls, (2) barrier tapes, chalk, clipboard, banner and curricula ($600 value total).


Net Generation Community Workshops

In addition to offering free equipment bags, the USTA also offers Net Generation Community Workshops for approved providers. These workshops offer on-court Net Generation curricula training.

To learn more about the Net Generation Community program or schedule a workshop, please contact Sarah Stanchin or 317-440-6248.


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