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National Junior Tennis League of Indianapolis Inc

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Causes: Racquet Sports, Sports

Mission: NJTL of Indianapolis seeks to develop the character of young people from all backgrounds through tennis, life skills, educational enrichment, and healthy living choices.

Programs: Tennis programs that provide instruction in competitive and non-competitive settings. Children between the ages of 5-18 participate in the summer and meet twice a week. Seven week fall and winter programs meet once a week. Healthy living and life skills instruction is included in all lessons; all participants are encouraged to enter in the arthur ashe essay contest. A love to read program and a college tour are included in summer lessons. 1,373 children were served in 2014.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tim_18

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great program for the kids, very satisfied to have my daughter involved in the winter program after a very successful summer. She enjoys the time she has with her instructors who are not only great with kids, they also are teaching life lessons of sharing, exercise and a bit of history. My daughter is only 5 and she is developing a love for tennis! I'm so excited to keep her involved...Thank you!

1 Delia B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They run a great tennis program with lots of location and a very reasonable price.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In searching for a place to start my daughter in tennis I came across NJTL and thought I would give it a try. I have never been as satisfied with a children's program in 8 years of participating in ballet, soccer, softball, tennis, swimming, etc. The children are taught by professional, patient, involved, and knowledgable staff. They are encouraged to participate in match play. The parents are kept informed and updated through email and the website. The cost is incredible. I love that they use the bigger balls and half size courts to start them out on. This program is a wonderful way to expose your child to tennis and I highly recommend it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been involved with NJTL for five years. He has grown to absolutely love tennis. All of his instructors have been great and we have loved the program. The communication with parents is excellent as well. Can't wait to have my four-year old daughter start up with NJTL next summer. This is an extremely worthwhile program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been two wonderful years since we have joined NJTL of Indianapolis. My child's desire to play tennis was my dream too. The same time I made a decision to go back to collage to pursue a four year degree. I have checked numerous possible sites where my child could play tennis. Unfortunately, I could not afford even a week worth of lessons there. There was no spare money in the single mom's budget for the expensive tennis lessons. Then, a small miracle has happened. I have learned about NJTL from a flyer in the Indy Parks brochure during the summer. We have joined few weeks after the summer session has already started, and have been a part of the program since. It is a program that gives us both a lot of personal satisfaction. Every time a session ends, my child asks: "Mommy when will my tennis class start again?" It is a dream come true not only for my child, but also for me. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 4

My son has never been very interested in group sports. After trying several activities I thought there just wasn't anything out there for him to help him gain confidence and grow with good sportsmanship. I was told about NJTL in the summer and thought why not. To my surprise he loves tennis. His confidence is getting better. He jumped up and down when I told him that the program was also offered in the fall. With out NJTL being offered at such affordable prices I can honestly say that I wouldn't have put him or even try to register him for tennis lessons. Thank you NJTL for keeping this great sport affordable and available for all children.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My son learned to play tennis with the Indianapolis NJTL at 5 years of age, he still participates and made his Middle School Team. The NJTL has been a wonderful opportunity for him and I encourage other parents to seek out the NJTL.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in NJTL of Indianapolis from age 7 until 16. The years of experience taught me many things beyond hand-eye coordination. I learned patience and perseverance, because achieving an overhand serve from the baseline is not a task conquered in one lesson or one week. Integrity was instilled in me through line calls and scoring. As I got older, my passion for tennis continued to blossom. In 6th grade I made my middle school's tennis team, and continued to varsity in high school. However, participating on the team not only furthered my skills as an athlete, but more importantly kept me out of trouble. My school dismissed students around 3pm, but my mom didn't get off work until 5pm. Thankfully, the social skills I learned from the positive role models at NJTL and the passion I gained for the sport, kept me on the tennis court and away from the peer pressures faced by an unsupervised teen.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family loves NJTL! We have been involved with NJTL for almost 15 years. The tennis instruction is wonderful! It is a powerful combination of learning how to play and of loving the game. But NJTL is so much more than the sport. It is also about building your child's self-esteem, character, and developing healthy habits that will last a life-time. My son, who is now 20, loved NJTL so much that he has been an instructor or assistant instructor with NJTL the last 4 years. NJTL works with children from every background, from the poorest to middle class and above. It is wonderful experience for children and we highly recommend it!

Review from Guidestar

Tony S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an excellent organization. Both my kids have been involved with this program for many years. It provides fantastic tennis instructors that really care about the kids. The cost to participate is very low and the quality of help is very high. My kids couldn't wait to get to tennis. They also partner with the book mobile, and it helped spark my boys enjoyment of reading. I am very thankful that we found this organization. I really think it helped my boys develop both the love of tennis and reading.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter takes the tennis instructions at the league, and we are very satisfied with the quality of it. She shows some progress already, and she is very happy with the attitude and lnowledge of the instructors. She looks forward to every Sunday night. In addition, the instructions are very affordable. We definitely will get her sign up for the intermidiate and higher level in the future!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Shelley W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

My 2 kids take tennis through NJTL at West Indy during the winter and at Sahms Park during the summer. They both look forward to playing tennis every week, it's one of the highlight's of our week!

NJTL is doing a great job here in Indianapolis and my kids are learning and having fun. The instructors are helpful and friendly, and the management is too. I sit with the other moms and we're all pleased with the program and plan to come back every year. My kids just recently moved up from beginner to Intermediate and it's exciting and challenging for them.

Thank you NJTL Indianapolis!

Regards,
Debbie Ricks

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been involved in both summer and winter tennis through NJTL and she has just loved it. It's been a very inexpensive sport for her to be involved in and it's helped with her coordination and her confidence. We're planning to participate again this summer.

Review from Guidestar