Mid-Atlantic Youth Shine in National NJTL Essay Contest

September 11, 2023

Turns out that USTA Mid-Atlantic youth tennis players are just as skilled at wielding a pen as they are a racquet. More than 40 youth in National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Chapters across the Mid-Atlantic participated in the 2023 USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Grant presented by Deloitte. These young writers competed to be one of just 10 national essay winners in this annual, prestigious program. 


Responding to the prompt: “ ‘No matter what accomplishments you make, someone helped you.’— Althea Gibson. In this quote, Althea asks us to think about the people that supported your achievements. In your own words, what does this quote mean? Who from your NJTL chapter helped you, how did they help you, and what impact has this made on your tennis skill and/or life?” participants under the age of 18 from across the country submitted their essays. Essays were reviewed locally and then went on to a National level review, and 10 total winners were selected.


Caleb Matthew from Prince George's County Tennis and Education Foundation was a national winner among 13 to 14-year-olds. 


Caleb and the other nine winners received a trip to New York City for themselves and a parent/legal guardian to be VIP guests at a special award luncheon held in their honor.


USTA Mid-Atlantic congratulates Caleb on this incredible accomplishment and recognition of his essay.

Ten other finalists from USTA Mid-Atlantic advanced on to the national round of the essay program. They include: 



Madison Moore, Prince George's County Tennis and Education Foundation

Tita Musong, AASSTC Junior Aces


11-12 year olds

Jordan Knights, AASSTC Junior Aces

Jaiya Sankofa, Washington Tennis & Education Foundation


13-14 year olds

Zora Chatman, Metropolitan Tennis & Education Group

Caleb Matthew, Prince George's County Tennis and Education Foundation (National Winner)


15-16 year olds

Rena-Elisaeth Enwesi, AASSTC Junior Aces

Moses Bisong, AASSTC Junior Aces

17-18 year olds

Gianna Felder, Metropolitan Tennis & Education Group

Devin Lee, Metropolitan Tennis & Education Group


We also celebrate our outstanding Mid-Atlantic students who received one of the USTA Foundation College Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to deserving youth who have participated in organized tennis programs such as the NJTL network, have demonstrated high academic achievement and require financial assistance for college matriculation. 


Rosalind P. Walter Scholarship Award 

Kaleem Muhammad (Washington Tennis & Education Foundation/Junior Tennis Champions Center)


Martin Mulligan Sr. Spirit of Tennis Scholarship 

Imani Jean (Junior Tennis Champions Center)


Novo Nordisk Donnelly Scholarship Regional Recipients

Lauren W. (Abingdon, Va.)


Nora McNeely Hurley Leadership Award

Ameera Malik (Junior Tennis Champions Center)

Ameer Muhammad (Washington Tennis & Education Foundation) 


To stay up to date on these award winners and all things tennis in the Mid-Atlantic make sure to follow USTA Mid-Atlantic on FacebookInstagram, LinkedIn and Twitter


This year USTA Mid-Atlantic Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is celebrating 100 years of promoting tennis and its physical, social, and emotional health benefits. Get involved and show your support for the next 100 years of tennis by joining us at the Centennial Gala on December 1, 2023. Learn about our impact in the region and how USTA Mid-Atlantic creates community, character, and well-being.

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