Arthur Ashe was an American hero fighting battles both on and off the court.
He broke barriers in the tennis world, becoming the first African-American male to win a Grand Slam tournament and finishing his career with three Grand Slam titles, including the 1968 US Open.
Off the court, he was a social activist taking on issues like racial prejudice, AIDS, apartheid and education. One of his many legacies includes National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL), a network of youth-serving organizations that provide tennis and education for all. His wish was for NJTL to be a resource for kids to develop skills for leadership and academic excellence.
As a participant at one of the 600 NJTL chapters across the country, we invite you to tell us what you think of Arthur Ashe for the 2014 Arthur Ashe Essay Contest.
Arthur Ashe once said: “I don't want to be remembered for my tennis accomplishments. That's no contribution to society. That [tennis] was purely selfish; that was for me.”
Arthur Ashe used his time and skills to impact others - how have you used your time and skills learned through tennis and educational programming to impact the lives of those around you?
RULES FOR ENTRY & DEADLINES
Entries, including completed entry form, must be submitted online to the USTA at: usta.com/AAEC or mailed/hand-delivered to your local NJTL Program/Chapter by June 25, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. ET (mail-in entries must be postmarked by June 25, 2014 and received by your local NJTL Program/Chapter no later than July 2, 2014).
For a list of all NJTL Programs/Chapters and their addresses visit: usta.com/NJTL. Also, visit the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at ArthurAshe.org for resources and information about Arthur Ashe and his legacy.
Feb 1 Contest begins.
June 25 Entries submitted by hand delivery must be received by NJTL Chapter/Program.
Online essay submissions due at usta.com/AAEC
Mail-in entries must be postmarked.
July 2 Entries submitted by mail must be received by NJTL Chapter/Program.
July 10 NJTL Chapter leaders are responsible for submitting all entries to USTA National Office.
ONLINE ENTRY FORMS & GUIDE