How Can You Help More Kids Play Tennis And Learn?


How You Can Help NJTL Enable More Kids To Play Tennis And Learn?

Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder founded the National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) in 1969 as an initiative to help kids from financially-challenged neighborhoods improve their learning skills and introduce them to tennis.  NJTL is now called National Junior Tennis and Learning and in SoCal there are 50 year-round NJTL sites and 150 summer-only sites.  If we had more funds, we could offer more kids tennis and learning at year-round and summer-only sites.


To ensure that we are able to provide ongoing quality services, we are developing plans to raise funds to support the SCTA NJTL Chapter. We ask for your help as we approach four local companies:

  1. Safeway Stores (locally known as VONs, Pavilions, Albertson’s)
  2. Food4Less or Ralph’s
  3. McDonald’s
  4. Walgreen’s


If you know someone (e.g. corporate executive, company employee) who works for any of these companies, we are asking you to do the following:

  • Contact the individual and request that they agree to support our program (recommend that you invite them to see our program in action, and consider becoming a volunteer – IDEAL scenario!)
  • Ask if they would agree to allow us to use their name as a supporter/sponsor of NJTL on the grant application; in addition, we will need their position within the company; company address; store #; personal phone number and email address  (Note: the individual will be contacted by the particular company representative who is in charge of charitable contributions)


If at all possible, the following information from your contact would also be very helpful (applicable if your contact is already involved with NJTL):

  • Explain how they and/or their children are involved with NJTL (e.g. volunteer, my child is part of NJTL in Burbank, etc.)
  • Briefly share the positive work you have seen NJTL provide

Please provide this information as soon as you can so that we can meet funding deadlines.


Other areas where you can help in raising funds:

  • Does your company have an employee-matching program to benefit charities? (e.g. NJTL)
  • Does your company award sponsorships or grants for programs?
  • Provide a list of personal contacts to support our program (e.g. year-end appeal)

Thank you again for your ongoing support of all the young people in our NJTL Chapter. I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible, or 310.208.3339.

Bruce A. Hunt – Executive Director
Southern California Tennis Association

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