2018 USTA TEXAS NJTL ESSAY
CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
July 30, 2018
Juniors from USTA Texas submitted essays for their chance to represent the section in the NJTL National Essay Contest. Ultimately, 10 kids ages 10 to 18 were selected as the USTA Texas Essay Contest winners.
The contest was exclusive to children who participate in National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapters nationwide. This year’s question asked: "What is the most important lesson you have learned thus far through NJTL, and how does that lesson help you in your life as a student, a tennis player, and an individual?"
To enter the contest, students were asked to write an essay of 350 words or fewer.
17-year-old Brady Brazda of the Houston Tennis Association wrote "The most important lesson I have learned is giving back to my community through tennis. That means using leadership skills I have gained through NJTL to be a hard-working student, competitive player, and overall respectful person to those around me..."ADVERTISEMENT
In her essay, nine-year-old Khadhija Bint-Khalid of Dallas Tennis & Education Academy says "The most important lesson I learned in my tennis class was sportsmanship...tennis made me treat my opponent with respect and honor the game...In tennis, good sportsmanship matters...It also helped me to work together with my sisters at home. Whether you win or lose, you need to be ready to focus on the next point as if it is a new battle."
Three Chapters are represented, with Dallas Tennis and Education Academy leading the way with five.
Below is a full list of Texas winners who were nominated for the national contest winner to attend the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in New York.
10U Boy – Levi Banez, Dallas Tennis & Education Academy
10U Girl – Khadhija Bint-Khalid, Dallas Tennis & Education Academy
12U Boy – Diego Rivera, Dallas Tennis & Education Academy*
12U Girl – Sasha Cabral, Houston Tennis Association
14U Boy – Kevin Pena, Dallas Tennis & Education Academy
14U Girl – Janelle Frazier, Dallas Tennis & Education Academy
16U Boy – Brian Hernandez, Tennis Success (Corpus Christi)
16U Girl – Camille Blecher, Houston Tennis Association*
18U Boy – Brady Brazda, Houston Tennis Association
18U Girl – Mauricia Gallegos, Tennis Success (Corpus Christi)