The USTA today announced that 40 student athletes from around the country have been selected to attend the 27th annual USTA/NJTL Tennis Leadership Camp in Sonoma Valley, Calif., The camp, which will be held through the end of this week, is for youth ages 12-14 who participate in National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network chapters nationwide.
During camp, instructors emphasize the importance of individual skill development, physical fitness, proper nutrition and good sportsmanship. The students will receive tennis lessons from several of the most experienced coaches in the game; hear from 12-time Olympic medal winner and first paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro Chris Waddell; and visit many popular tourist attractions in and around San Francisco.
"We’re excited to provide an atmosphere that fosters the values and educational-based training that is a cornerstone of the USTA NJTL Leadership Camp," said Barry Ford, Director, Education, Advocacy & Public Affairs, USTA. "These young people come together from diverse backgrounds to share common experiences, form new friendships and work on their tennis skills. We are pleased to be able to provide them with this opportunity."
"The USTA NJTL Tennis Leadership Camp offers an exceptional opportunity to many of our NJTL student athletes around the country," said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. "Here, they can focus on their individual physical and mental development, good nutrition, sportsmanship, and the importance of community development. We are most proud that we can continue to introduce the values and beliefs of Arthur Ashe’s dream of humanitarianism, leadership and academic excellence. We hope the camp will foster more leaders and champions like the great Arthur Ashe."
The USTA/NJTL Tennis Leadership Camp was created in 1984 to provide an educational and motivational tennis experience for NJTL participants who might not otherwise have access to such an opportunity. The camp is held in a different city each year and has recently been held in Atlanta, Denver, Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Diego and Orlando, Fla.