The National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton (NJTLT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Trenton youth through tennis, academic and life-skills programs. Founded in 1975 with three volunteers and 30 children, it was initially affiliated with the Philadelphia-based National Junior Tennis League founded by Arthur Ashe. Under the auspices of the United States Tennis Association Foundation, NJTLT is part of a nationwide network of nearly 300 nonprofit youth development organizations.
The NJTLT delivers comprehensive services to more than 2,700 children from the Trenton, Ewing, Hamilton, and Lawrenceville area annually through creating significant, documented opportunities for participants.
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. 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.
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.