YTA is the result of a collaborative merger in 1999 of the National Junior Tennis League and the Youth Tennis Foundation. YTA promotes a “scholar athlete” model in which tennis serves as an avenue for helping kids build self-esteem, self-discipline and set goals; improve their academic success; and develop a vision and plan for entering college.
Our participants learn to connect experiences on the court to those off the court as they cultivate lasting relationships with mentors and coaches who continually foster team work, high expectations, and positive self-determination. As Arthur Ashe so aptly stated: “For every hour you spend on the athletic field, spend two in the library”.
By empowering youth through play, YTA programs motivate youth to spend those hours in the library and do well in school as they grow and develop into YTA scholar athletes.