Tennis Memphis Camper wins USTA Foundation NJTL National Essay Contest

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Tennis Memphis NJTL Tennis Summer Camper Dawson Pope was recently selected as one of 10 winners of  the USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Contest!

The USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Contest is held every year at National Junior Tennis and Learning Campuses across America and is open to students 18 and under who have participated in NJTL programming. The National Junior Tennis and Learning network was founded by the late Arthur Ashe as a way to reach under served youth and provide opportunities for tennis instruction and educational services. This year’s question was: “In addition to tennis, education and life skills are extremely important to the development of our youth. Which one of the three components above is most important to you, and how will it help you throughout your life?”

The campers at Tennis Memphis camp sites were all encouraged to participate in the contest not only to keep their writing skills sharp over the summer, but to also have a chance at winning a trip to New York City!  Dawson attended NJTL Tennis Summer Camp at Leftwich Tennis Center this summer. His essay was selected from thousands of entries from other NJTL chapters nation-wide. Dawson’s mother, Tracy Pope is the bookkeeper at Tennis Memphis and is an avid tennis player and fan. She will be travelling with Dawson to New York City later this month where they will be guests in the president’s suite at the 2017 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation (

They will also get to stay at the Grand Hyatt NYC, see a Broadway show, attend a special Luncheon in your honor hosted by former Mayor David Dinkins, and much more! We want to congratulate Dawson (and Tracy) and hope they have an amazing trip!

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