The mission of New York Junior Tennis & Learning is to develop the character of young people through tennis and education for a lifetime of success on and off the court. Growth and Success For 45 years, NYJTL has changed lives through tennis and education. Today, it's the largest nonprofit youth tennis and education program in the nation, serving 75,000 K-12 NYC youth. Celebrating Diversity NYJTL celebrates the diversity of the children who participate in every program, serving youth from all five boroughs. All NYJTL community and afterschool programs are offered at no cost to the participants. New York Junior Tennis League was founded in 1971 by legend Arthur Ashe and by Founder and Chairman Emeritus Lewis “Skip” Hartman with the help of Gene Scott, Bill Shelton, and Erich Werner. In 2013, the U.S. Tennis Association honored Skip with its National Junior Tennis and Learning Founders’ Service Award for 40 years of tireless efforts to grow junior tennis programs in NYC and around the country.