The National Junior Tennis & Learning Network (formerly National Junior Tennis League) ("NJTL"), founded in 1968 by Charlie Pasarell, the late Arthur Ashe and Sheridan Snyder, is a non-profit organization created for the purpose of reaching out to underprivileged youth through recreational programs and to assist in providing a strong foundation of positive attributes such as sportsmanship, self-esteem and respect. Through tennis, the organization reaches out to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to play tennis and instills in youngsters the values of humanitarianism, leadership and academic excellence and gives them the opportunity to develop skills they can enjoy for a lifetime. This nationwide program has grown to over 950 chapters and programs servicing approximately 275,000 children under the structure of the USTA (United States Tennis Association).
The Coachella Valley chapter of the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network continues to reach out to children across the Valley by providing programs to children between the ages of 5 and 18 years old. Through the many events, clinics, and tournaments offered, the NJTL is able to give thousands of children an opportunity to learn and play as well as grow the game of tennis at the grass roots level.