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Charleston's Jacoby Johnson selected as Arthur Ashe Essay Winner

asheATLANTA – August 27, 2013 – Eight youngsters from USTA Southern were selected as Section winners of the 2013 NJTL Arthur Ashe Essay and Art Contest.
Sponsored by USTA Southern and the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation, the winners and one chaperon received all-expense paid trips to the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina where they interacted with top-ranked tennis players and experienced an behind-the-scenes tour of the ATP World Tour event.
The youngsters had an official autograph session with Tommy Robredo and met many other players including Jack Sock and Jamie Murray. Additionally, they were featured on court in between sets of the Sunday night singles match between Mardy Fish and Evgeny Donskoy. 
The Winston-Salem Open is held on the campus of Wake Forest University and is the final men’s tournament of the five-week Emirates Airlines US Open Series.

Writers of the winning essays are:

·         Amira Abbas, of Greenville, Miss. (Greenville NJTL)

·         CJ Crawford, of Louisville, Ky. (Rising Stars of Kentucky)

·         Lauryn Duckworth, of New Orleans, La. (A’s & Aces)

·         Jacoby Johnson, of Charleston, S.C. (Courting Kids NJTL)

·         Sabrina Mohr, of Bruceton, Tenn. (Tennis Club of Camden).

·         Alexandria Scott, of Raleigh, N.C. (Raleigh NJTL)

·         Roosevelt Snowden, of Tyrone, Ga. (Coach Wink’s NJTL)

·         Taylin Stewart, of Birmingham, Ala. (James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation NJTL)

This year’s 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 answering the question: "If you could follow in Arthur Ashe’s footsteps and ‘give back’ to tennis, what would you do to give back to the game and how would it impact others?"

Founded in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder, the USTA National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network is a nation-wide group of community tennis organizations seeking to develop the character of young people through tennis and education. NJTL Core Program offerings include Education Life Skills, Tennis and Resources.