Mission


Growth and Success

For 45 years, NYJTL has changed lives through tennis and education. Today, it's the largest nonprofit youth tennis and education program in the nation, serving 75,000 K-12 NYC youth.


Celebrating Diversity

NYJTL celebrates the diversity of the children who participate in every program, serving youth from all five boroughs. All NYJTL community and afterschool programs are offered at no cost to the participants.

NYJTL by the
Numbers

  • 3,000,000

    hours of year-round programs in tennis, academics, healthy living and character development for NYC youth

  • 500,000

    hours of free community tennis in 100% of NYC council districts

  • 75,000

    kids reached through tennis training for PE instructors in all 5 boroughs

  • 10,000

    children mentored annually by 400 dedicated NYJTL staff

  • 45

    years of continuous service

 

Our History

 

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 ensuring 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.

“Our idea is to use tennis as a way to gain and hold the attention of young people so that we can teach them about matters more important than tennis.”
– Arthur Ashe