The National Junior Tennis League makes tennis accessible to any student who can hold a racket. The next Serena Williams is out there somewhere, and NJTL is dedicated to finding, teaching, and training that student to compete on the court and in school. Advantage Lancaster started their chapter in early 2018 and has turned tennis from a novelty to a passion in about 40 students.

NJTL specializes in bringing tennis to low- and middle-income students who may not otherwise have a chance to learn the sport. Advantage Lancaster is proud to offer NJTL to students in the South East Lancaster community. During the summer, the players practice on Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology’s tennis courts, designed and installed by the USTA.

Tennis requires competitors to master dexterity, responsibility, etiquette, and strategy, all while engaging in physical activity and friendly competition. In a study performed by the USTA, students who learned and practiced tennis outperformed their peers who played no sports at all as well as athletes who competed in 9 other sports, including basketball and football. Between the exercise and the development of soft skills, tennis teaches its pupils so much more than just how to win a match at a time.

Many practiced players say that tennis requires mental toughness, and that a player’s real opponent is herself. Whereas team sports teach togetherness, tennis teaches independence and personal stamina that applies to academia and beyond.

Tennis players also spend more time volunteering and studying than other student athletes and non-athletes. These academic advantages prove true regardless of the student’s socioeconomic background, meaning that it’s especially important for low- and middle-income students to

During the summer of 2018, Advantage Lancaster took its tennis stars to compete in Washington D.C. and took lessons from Washington Tennis and Education Foundation.