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Charleston's Brown wins Arthur Ashe Contest

Group_PicFive youngsters from USTA Southern were selected as Section winners of the 2012 NJTL Arthur Ashe Essay and Art Contest. Sponsored by USTA Southern and the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation, the winners and one chaperone received an all-expense paid trip to the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina where they got a chance to interact with top-ranked tennis players and experience an ATP World Tour professional tennis tournament up close and personal. The Winston-Salem Open is held on the campus of Wake Forest University and is the final stop of the 10 tournament Emirates Airline US Open Series.
Writers of the winning essays are Jada Brown of Charleston, S.C. (Courting Kids NJTL); Victoria Linson, of Birmingham, Ala., (James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation NJTL); Grant Pillsbury, of Louisville, Ky., (Rising Stars of Kentucky NJTL); Kayla Price of Augusta, Ga., (MACH Academy, Inc.) and Richie Waters, of Cane Ridge, Tenn., (Hadley Park Junior Development NJTL).
Charleston's Jada Brown wrote in her essay that Arthur Ashe would find hope in new AIDS medications, an increased number of kids playing tennis due to NJTL, introduction of the 10 & Under tennis format, school teams, community teams, and the world being a better place to live in.  
She wrote, "People go all over the world to help other people, just like he did."
Jada had a great time at the Winston-Salem Open, saying, ""It was an amazing experience. The best part was getting Tsonga's autograph!"
The contest commemorates the spirit and humanitarian work of the late, great Arthur Ashe by asking NJTL participants (18 years old and under) to learn about Arthur Ashe and then respond by writing an essay or submitting artwork answering the question: "If Arthur Ashe were alive today, what do you think would give him hope?" Youngsters also had the opportunity to submit artwork instead of writing an essay but were not eligible for the national grand prizes.

The USTA/National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network is a nation-wide group of more than 600 non-profit youth development organizations that provide free or low cost tennis, education and life skills programming to more than 250,000 children each year.

NJTL develops the character of young people by emphasizing the ideals and life of co-founder 
Arthur Ashe .  While NJTL’s vary in size and programming, this growing network shares a commitment to positive youth development, the importance of education, and tennis as a lifetime sport. 
For more information about starting a local NJTL program or participating in an existing one, please contact Rebecca Martell at 800.644.7282 or at