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Capital Cup Annual Fundraiser - May 19, 2024 
Serving up Bright Futures for NJTLT Student-Athletes

NJTL of Trenton hosted a fundraising tennis Drill & Play event on Sunday, May 19, 2024, in collaboration with their long-time supporter, The Trenton Country Club. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our very generous Sponsors and attendees for helping make the event a wonderful success. The exciting day featured competitive Drill & Play sessions with favorite local teaching professionals, a meet-and-rally with NJTLT Ashe Elite Students, a live auction for US Open tickets, a raffle, and a breakfast and lunch buffet. This year's awards ceremony honored Stephen R. Duncan, a long-time educator and current educational consultant for NJTLT and the USTA Foundation. Additionally, the Albert Stark Sportsmanship Award was presented to NJTLT student Arushi Singhal. The day concluded with an Ashe Elite student tennis exhibition.  A big thank you to Beverly Schaefer for her outstanding professional photography at the event. We invite you to download and enjoy her photos below.


All proceeds from the event support NJTLT's mission to create opportunities and provide academic programs and services that enhance the lives of under-resourced youth in Trenton and surrounding areas. NJTLT's flagship Cadwalader Park Junior Champions Tennis Center is one of over 500 nonprofit youth development organizations under the United States Tennis Association Foundation (USTA). The Trenton chapter has been named USTA Chapter of the Year twice, and its original ACE (Academic Creative Engagement) program is a national model. 

2024 Capital Cup Pictures

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2024 Capital Cup Honoree

Stephen R. Duncan

Stephen R. Duncan has 37 years of experience as an educator for the Council Rock School District, including sixteen years teaching fifth grade, two years teaching second grade, and nineteen years as an Elementary Math/Technology Integration Specialist. During his time at CR, he presented workshops on differentiation in the mathematics classroom at the local, county (BCIU #22), and national (NCTM) levels. He was also the technology integration specialist for his building, supporting teachers in bringing technology to their classrooms.

He retired from Council Rock in 2009 and is currently an educational consultant for the NJTL of Trenton and the USTA Foundation. As part of the curriculum development team at NJTLT, Stephen helped create an after-school/summer curriculum, Academic Creative Engagement (ACE), with tennis as its theme. The USTA Foundation purchased ACE, and is now training NJTL chapters across the country.  ACE is unique, focusing on building social/emotional skills in grades 3-6 students. The ACE program raises students, not just test scores.


During the Covid period, Stephen assisted in developing and implementing a program consisting of Minecraft Education and ZOOM to keep our at-risk students engaged.  This program utilizes high school mentors and a highly trained educator to deliver an engaging program using the ACE model. Mentors are learning leadership skills, and our elementary-age participants are learning to work together and share their voices in this problem-solving endeavor. 

Presenting Sponsor

Albert & Ellen Stark

Platinum Sponsors

Whyte Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Shara & Gary Hofing
The Mason-Willig Family



Robert and Mary Ann Howland
Kekul Shah, MD

Plant Shadow


Ronak Amalani

Jack Halperin

Willa F. Inlender

Andrew Lieu

Ginny Mason

Nancy Plum

Albert Stark

Cheryl Taylor

Marc Vecchiolla

Event Chair 

Julia Benedict


Chris Liverman

Suzanne Kardos

Brielle Gist

Donna DeLucia

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