Arthur Ashe founded the National Junior Tennis League in 1969 with Charlie Pasarell, Ashe’s teammate at UCLA who devoted his life to building the game of tennis, and with Sheridan Snyder, a biotech entrepreneur with a passion for tennis.
Ashe, to this day the only African American male player to have won the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, was committed not only to tennis but also to education and equity for all.
New York Junior Tennis League was founded in 1971 by Ashe and by Founder and Chairman Emeritus Lewis “Skip” Hartman with the help of Gene Scott, Bill Shelton, and Erich Werner. In 2013, the U.S. Tennis Association honored Skip with its National Junior Tennis and Learning Founders’ Service Award for 40 years of tireless efforts to grow junior tennis programs in NYC and around the country.
In 2012, we changed our name to New York Junior Tennis and Learning to better reflect our emphasis on education and character development as well as tennis.
Throughout our history, NYJTL has been committed to developing young bodies, minds, and spirits through our tennis and education programs.