US Clay’s tournament beneficiary, the Houston Tennis Association (HTA) National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapter, serves more than 6,000 children each year at more than 44 parks and schools that offer tennis as well as educational and scholarship opportunities for the diverse communities in the greater Houston area.
The NJTL programs actively reach out to youth who may not otherwise have the chance to participate in tennis through free and low-cost opportunities. In addition to teaching tennis skills, the programs seek to encourage the values of humanitarianism, leadership and academic excellence among participants.
When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in August 2017, there was much devastation, including significant damage to local tennis courts utilized by children in the NJTL programs. A special collaboration between Tour players and US Clay in 2018 funded the resurfacing of two courts at Sunnyside Park (video below).
ATP World Tour players and the organizers of US Clay visited the HTA’s NJTL clinics during the 2019 tournament. The players and US Clay are contributing to resurface park courts that have been damaged or need upgrades. Watch the full video from their Highland Park visit HERE.
This ATP ACES for Charity grant will provide funds to help continue the initiative of resurfacing an NJTL site and offer programs so that the kids and families in the community can have a safer, more enjoyable place to play tennis.