Legacy Youth Tennis and Education’s goal is to use tennis as a vehicle to prepare young people to be successful on the court, in their communities and in the world. The USTA player development program delivers characteristics of confidence, determination, engagement, professionalism, resilience, respect, teamwork and toughness, and continuing the vision of Arthur Ashe, Legacy students gain the leadership and life skills necessary to open doors to possibilities for bright futures.
Legacy’s Director of Education, Jude Henzy coordinates off-court curriculum including:
USTA ACE (life skills), USTA STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), Read by 4th Program sites, in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia. Train Up First (TUF) Life Skills curriculum. Additionally, the organization partners with after-school tutors from Drexel University and Rutgers Camden to complement a number of our after-school program sites.
Legacy is grateful to have been awarded a $7,500 grant from the USTA to offer STEM programming. These funds will be used to purchase supplies for STEM labs for our Changing the Game players. Not only will each participant develop skills in science, technology, engineering and math, but lessons will be tied to excelling at tennis, too. Stay tuned for updates on spin, geometry, lift, drag, focus. strategy and much more.
The NJTL Essay Contest is a widely acclaimed educational tool. NJTL participants are asked to write essays answering a thought-provoking question requiring research and analysis. Thousands of entries are received each year and 10 national winners (one boy and one girl from each age group) receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City to participate in Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open and to accept their awards at the NJTL Essay Awards Luncheon. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we are always amazed at the thoughtfulness of each and every student.