The National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Trenton youth through tennis, academic and life-skills programs. Founded in 1975 with three volunteers and 30 children, it was initially affiliated with the Philadelphia-based National Junior Tennis League founded by Arthur Ashe. Today, NJTLT is one of 300 chapters chartered by the United States Tennis Association Foundation.
The NJTLT delivers comprehensive services to more than 2,700 Trenton children annually through three programs, creating significant, documented opportunities for participants.
In 2010, NJTLT embarked on a public-private partnership to redevelop Trenton’s Cadwalader Park tennis facility. With the support of International Tennis Federation president Dave Haggerty, the City of Trenton and 55 private donors, NJTLT raised $1M. The tennis center, completed in 2014, features six renovated hard courts, 14 “10-and-under” short courts, a stadium court and a two-story pavilion. The Junior Champions Tennis Center at Cadwalader Park is one of the largest outdoor short-court development facilities in the United States, recognized as one of the USTA’s outstanding public tennis facilities.
The NJTLT plans to expand its programs to Newark in 2017. Currently, planning for an $80,000 redevelopment of the Villa Park tennis facility in Trenton is underway. The NJTLT three-year plan also calls for broadening our mentoring programs, increasing scholarship opportunities, developing an indoor tennis facility and establishing a new headquarters in Trenton.