I have the pleasure to work with NJTL of Indianapolis for another summer of tennis! This past winter of 2011, I taught anything from 5 year olds through 18 year olds. My experience was great! I worked with other talented instructors with both high school and collegiate tennis experience. We taught and reinforced fundamentals, strategies and concepts of the game while also implementing life skills and healthy living instruction. Parents enjoy the low cost of our program as well as instructors who genuinely care about their children. While our program is not as strong as others in terms of developing ranked tennis athletes, I do believe our program has the best mission of all of them... and we are beginning to form a stronger advanced program with athletes now emerging to play competitive varsity high school tennis. I am a proud instructor for Indy NJTL. My life-changing story has been a girl I taught my first summer in 2005 who is now playing for her high school team -- varsity 2 singles.
I worked for NJTL the summers of 2005-2009. Because of NJTL, I was able to teach very affordable instructional tennis to youth of the inner city ages 6-18. The most striking memory I have of these summers is spending time with kids who were often in daycare programs... some of them up to 12 hours a day... I vividly remember Friday match days in which I typically would pick up children from their daycares and/or homes so that they were able to gain more experience in match play. I witnessed numerous instances in which kids felt success (like rallying over the net more each week), persevered (in hard matches), sensed community (as kids cheered for each other in the end of summer tournament), and were cared for (in the hugs and high fives from instructors).
Our teaching staff learned to bond together and create friendly competition among participants from all sides of the city by tye-dying tshirts, having park picnics with water balloons, using sidewalk chalk to create enthusiasm and chants to boost team pride.
This program is about much more than just tennis. NJTL strives to provide a safe environment that fulfills its founder, Arthur Ashe's, legacy of using the sport as a way to, "teach [young people] about matters more important than tennis."
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NJTL is a great way to allow kids who might not have the opportunity to play tennis to do so in an affordable way. NJTL allows students to have the opportunity to play year round and build their tennis and life skills on a weekly basis. I donate to Indy NJTL because it is a great non-profit organization that truly cares about their kids and wants to teach them about tennis and life lessons/skills.
NJTL is an organization that puts the needs of others first. They offer tennis lessons to the community at an incredible low cost which allows any child to participate. Not only is their mission about teaching tennis, but it is also about teaching life-long lessons. I attended their auction dinner this past fall and I was amazed at the stories of former NJTL participants. They talked about how NJTL made a tremendous impact on them and how the instructors that taught them helped shape them in to who they are today. Being at the auction dinner, made me realize that NJTL is all about the children and who they become. Yes, they teach tennis lessons, but their mission is so much more than that. I could see it in the children receiving awards, and I could see it from the adults who participated in the program when they were little. NJTL is such a valuable organization for the city of Indianapolis.
Review from Guidestar