Rockingham County Tennis Association (RCTA) Named Chapter of the Year

USTA North Carolina annually honors those who have done an outstanding job on the court and off to
help promote our great sport. The USTA North Carolina Awards Committee has selected Rockingham
County Tennis Association (RCTA) as the 2018 National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) chapter of the year
in North Carolina. This award recognizes a NJTL Chapter that has demonstrated extraordinary community
leadership and excellence in youth tennis and education programming.

RCTA is one of more than 350 youth development non-profit organizations locations in the NJTL network
who provide free or low-cost tennis and education to more than 200,000 under-resourced youth across
the country. NJTL was founded by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder in 1969. Their vision
was to use tennis as a way to gain and hold the attention of young people in hopes they could teach them
about matters more important than sport.

In Rockingham County, we partner with after school providers and summer day camps to connect tennis
and education with weekly group tennis clinics and the USTA Foundation Academic Creative Enrichment
(ACE) curriculum. Our partners include Rockingham County Schools, Rockingham County Youth Services,
Eden and Reidsville Family YMCAs, Boys & Girls Club of Eden, Eden Parks & Recreation Department,
Madison-Mayodan Recreation Department, New Reidsville Housing Authority, Reidsville Parks and
Recreation Department, Rockingham Community College, Salvation Army of Rockingham County, and
Community Baptist Schools. In 2018, over 300 youth ages 6-18, participated in our NJTL summer and
after school programming across Rockingham County.

Our NJTL chapter is supported by grants from USTA NC, North Carolina Tennis Foundation, Southern
Tennis Patrons Foundation, USTA Foundation, Reidsville Area Foundation, and the Rockingham County
Community Foundation.

Rockingham County Tennis Association was recognized Saturday, January 26, 2019 during the NC Tennis Foundation’s Hall of Fame Dinner at the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst.  Executive Director, Shelby Rhyne, accepted the NJTL Chapter of the Year award along with a $1,000 check.

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