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"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome."

Arthur Ashe

Making a Difference Today

National Junior Tennis and Learning of Trenton, at its core, believes in:

  1. Challenging our youngsters to strive for academic and athletic excellence, while enjoying the process of learning and competition

  2. Opening doors to educational opportunities, by preparing youngsters for successful high school and college experiences

  3. Raising expectations at each level of development, while teaching resilience in the face of failure

  4. Enabling access to affordable quality programming that helps build an enduring tool kit of transferable skills

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Mission Statement

National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton creates opportunities for success by enriching the lives of under-resourced youth through innovative tennis, education, and mentoring programs designed to prepare student athletes for the ultimate goal of successful college admissions and career placement.

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Our Legacy

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The National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton (NJTLT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of under-resourced youth through innovative tennis, education, and mentoring programs. Founded in 1975 with three volunteers and 30 children, it was initially affiliated with the Philadelphia-based National Junior Tennis League co-founded by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell, and Sheridan Snyder. Under the auspices of the United States Tennis Association Foundation, NJTLT is part of a nationwide network of nearly 300 nonprofit youth development organizations.   Currently, the NJTLT delivers comprehensive tennis and educational services to children from the Greater Trenton Community including, Ewing, Hamilton, and Lawrenceville.

In 2010, NJTLT embarked on a public-private partnership to redevelop Trenton’s Cadwalader Park tennis facility. With the support of International Tennis Federation president Dave Haggerty, the City of Trenton and 55 private donors, NJTLT raised $1M. The tennis center, completed in 2014, features six renovated hard courts, 14 “10-and-under” short courts, a stadium court and a two-story pavilion. In 2016, NJTLT kicked off a campaign to revitalize the Villa Park tennis courts in Trenton’s East Ward. The new facility now includes two full-sized courts with blended lines, three 10 & under courts, and a pavilion.

 

In 2018-2019, The Cadwalader Park Junior Champions Tennis Center tennis courts were refurbished in partnership with the City of Trenton, USTA Foundation, and USTA Middle States. All 7 full size courts and 14 short courts were resurfaced to enhance the programs provided by NJTLT. In May of 2019, the short courts at The Cadwalader Park Junior Champions Tennis Center were dedicated by the George H. & Estelle M. Sands Foundation.

The Junior Champions Tennis Center at Cadwalader Park is one of the largest outdoor short-court development facilities in the United States, recognized as one of the USTA’s outstanding public tennis facilities.

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Valued Partnerships

NJTL of Trenton would like to personally thank all of the major corporations and private donors for their contributions to our tennis and education programs. Without your support, NJTLT would not be able to serve the Trenton, Hamilton, Ewing and Lawrenceville communities.

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