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Young Atlanta Tennis Players strive to attend the U.S Open
Tennis Player, Jonathan Hart and Coach William “Wink” Fulton raise funds to ensure that young NJTL members get the opportunity to experience Arthur Ashe day.
Even today, Tennis is still perceived as a rich man’s sport. Ashe wanted to break those perceptions. In 1969, Ashe, Charlie Pasereli, and Sheridan Snyder founded The United States Tennis Association’
NJTL is a national network of community based tennis organizations that work to shape the character of youth through tennis and education. The goal of NJTL programming is to instill in youth the importance of academic excellence and leadership while giving them the opportunity to fully develop their tennis skills. Atlanta based Coach, William “Coach Wink” Fulton’s is furthering Ashe’s dreams through his own program entitled the G.A.M.E In Coach Wink’s program through NJTL, youth learn to set realistic, achievable and sustainable goals based upon their interests and abilities.
NJTL programming is made affordable and accessible for youth so that they can enjoy the lifetime benefits of the sport. The G.A.M.E. develops individualized plans of instruction and physical training for all students, and each student is encouraged to progress at their own pace. Students are grouped by age, physical ability, skill level, motivation, and commitment to learning the sport. The most exciting aspect of the program is the Gibson-Ashe-
The goal for the experience is to promote respect for learning and fair play while motivating and challenging youth to compete like champions in tennis and life. The G.A.M.E. aims to develop student athletes who are well prepared for both life and sport. The students from Atlanta’s NJTL had the chance to experience The Gibson-Ashe-