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February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

NJTL is a good first stop for beginning tennis lessons but the Indianapolis area program lacks opportunities for more advanced players. It would be great if the program could find a way to provide more advanced instruction, especially in areas of the city where those opportunities don't exist for kids without a lot of money.

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Find a way to offer advanced tennis instruction for all kids.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

My son was introduced to NJTL through friends when he was in grade school. He enjoyed the sport, and more importantly the instructors made it fun. When he didnt have a ride to the park he would ride his bike. It is a wonderful program, affordable and accessible. My son has always been active in sports, from baseball to scoccer to basketball. This program inspired his love of tennis. He also was an instructor at NJTL himself in the summers. The kids loved him because of his enthusiasm for the sport. He has that same enthusiasm today. He went on to play in high school and college, and is currently employed in the tennis world. I attended an auction recently and sat at a table with the Arthur Ashe Art Contest winner and her mother. She was an adorable little girl that played for NJTL at her local park. She said she had fun learning tennis, being active and meeting new friends.
From the mother of a son who was fortunate enough to participate in NJTL, I say THANK YOU!

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the direction my son's life took. As a child very active in sports, his introduction to tennis through NJTL is what gave him the love of the sport. Althought he played many sports throughout his childhood and was naturally athletic, it was and still is tennis, that became his favorite.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find other ways to promote NJTL in a bigger way, get the word out to schools, daycares, after-school programs sooner and continuously. If they call the park, is it on the voice recording? Can you get the gym teachers at local schools to pass out fliers in gym class. Can you get yourself invited to different schools for a day and introduce the grade schoolers to tennis? Possibly, a hands-on approach with someone from NJTL assisting the teacher with instruction at all the gym classes for a day.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

As an inner-city youth growing up in one of the worst neighborhoods, my parents sought ways to keep me active and off the streets. I began participating in NJTL at the age of six and did so until I was 17. Each summer I looked forward to participating. I also played in the winter program. NJTL taught me more than just tennis. I learned discipline, honesty, respect, appreciation, and sportsmanship. I can truly contribute my time on the tennis court each year to my success as an adult. This includes obtaining two degrees (undergraduate/graduate) and succeeding professionally. I sincerely thank NJTL of Indy for existing and offering the opportunity for inner-city youth to enjoy a positive, life-changing experience.

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Physical capability, mental ability, and social skills.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Generate more funding to increase the hours of operation for participants.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

My daughter & son have both benefited from NJTL. This organization opens doors to children who are interested in Tennis and want to learn more. My children have participated in the winter and summer sessions and every time we walk away impressed and the kids improve their skills. The emphasis on fair play and nutrition is also a great plus! Thank you NJTL for making my kids active and in love with the sport of Tennis.

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My children have grown as people and as sportsmen.

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I don't think I can think of anything they could improve upon.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

I have had 3 children involved in NJTL. It has been ,and is, for our youngest child a very positive experience. The kids learn from an encouraging, skilled staff. NJTL povides 3 different levels of play with the participants moving up at their own pace. One day a week allows the kids to try out what they learned through a weekly competition amongst surrounding NJTL summer park programs. Two winter sessions are given to intermediate and advanced levels for those who want to keep their skills, or improve upon the previous summer. The program is affordable. The added bonus are the friendships my children have made. For my two older children who are now young adults, tennis has remained a part of their physical fitness.

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The results have been nothing but positive. My children learned how to play tennis in a comfortable setting, which they play outside NJTL, and making friends outside of their school and church setting. NJTL teaches the rules of play, good sportsmanship, and general life skills.

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I can't think of any changes at this tme.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

My daughter who is 15, and was looking for a place that offered lessons to teenagers during the winter, which was impossible to find. We received a letter in the mail regarding NJTL's winter programs. The instructors are very knowledgeable and personal. My daught is happy and that makes me happy. My daughter played for NJTL at a 2010 summer camp.

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Cost and availability.

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February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

NJTL is a unique program that aligns sports with life skills. Participants not only learn the lifelong sport of tennis but learn important lessons such as teamwork, respect and trust. The impact of NJTL on the youth participants is profound and provides great value to the City of Indianapolis.

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the impact on our youth. The lessons learned and skills gained can be seen in the youth's play on and off the court.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the number of participants served. NJTL is a low cost provider and while no child is turned away the expenses to expand the program even more are great.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

My daughter who is 10 attends one of the NJTL winter programs. The instructor to student ratio is godd and the drills are structured so that the kids have a lot of practice time. I am really happy that my daughter is able to learn tennis through JNTL.

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My daughter's excitement about tennis and her increased skill.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

leave it as it is.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

The NJTL is a great organization that teaches life long skills and gives young people a strong foundation to start with in life. Tennis is a sport that can teach a youngster how to have fun, build confidence and work hard. It also teaches them how to compete with sportmanship, both as an individual (singles) and a team member (doubles). The NJTL is an organization that allows our nations's kids to have fun and learn life lessons!

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observation of the organization in action

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope to raise more money so that it can continue strong

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

NJTL is such a great organization. It not only focuses on teaching tennis in the urban Indianapolis area, but it teaches young children important life skills like hard work, education, responsibility and other skill necessary to succeed in having a fulfilling life.

The tennis instructors
are great. They're enthusiastic and they love giving back to the community. Most of them had grown up playing in NJTL tennis themselves.

I wish every young person in Indianapolis would play NJTL tennis. They would be so well "served".

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Dear friends of mine have grown up playing in NJTL tennis. Everyone I've ever met who played in NJTL tennis has been extremely satisfied.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to raise more funds so that we could get more court time, employ more instructors, buy more racquets, equipment and books

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