Winners of the 20th NJTL (National Junior Tennis & Learning network) Essay Contest received a trip to the US Open in New York, enjoying VIP status in the President’s Box as part of 2018 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation, the annual youth celebration that precedes the US Open.

Deloitte also hosted the student winners, along with their chaperones, in an innovative “Greenhouse,” where students participated in an immersive experience with activities to help understand the importance of strategic thinking and networking in an engaging way.

The group visited historic 30 Rockefeller Center’s “Top of the Rock,” and the trip wrapped up with an awards luncheon hosted by USTA Foundation Honorary Board Member and former New York City Mayor the Honorable David N. Dinkins. The luncheon was held at the Yale Club, where the essay contest winners received an honorary plaque. This year’s emcee was newly-appointed USTA Foundation Celebrity and Player Advisory Council member, Thaddeus M. Bullard, known as WWE superstar “Titus O’Neil.”

The USTA Florida Section was represented by essay contest winner Jabeiro Brown of Jacksonville who attends the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation after-school program.

“The USTA Foundation is delighted to host another group of bright and talented NJTL students in New York City,” said Dan Faber, Executive Director, USTA Foundation. “Their heartfelt essays are a true reflection of the powerful impact that NJTLs have on young lives and in their local communities.”

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