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Rockingham County Tennis Association is a one star chapter of the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network (NJTL) sponsored by the USTA Foundation. Through more than 300 youth development non-profit organizations locations, the NJTL network provides free or low-cost tennis and education to more than 180,000 under-resourced youth.



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.

ACE is an out-of-school academic curriculum that connects the Common Core State education standards to the sport of tennis. Activities encourage academic achievement, health and wellness and social and emotional skills. When combined with a tennis program,it provides children with important developmental assets.  For sample lessons from the ACE Curriculum click here.

Read more about the USTA Foundation and NJTL at



2020 NJTL Summer Network in Rockingham County Funded by a Capacity Building Grant from the USTA Foundation and Southern Tennis Foundation

Due to COVID-19, some plans for our Summer NJTL Network programs are suspended pending decisions and input from USTA Foundation, USTA NC, our program partners and the RCTA Board of Directors.

RC Tennis has been selected to be part of the Blueprint for Success Capacity Building program.  This 3-year grant program provides funding and program support from the USTA Foundation and the Southern Tennis Foundation for connecting tennis and education for underserved youth.  We use Community Coaches and high school and middle school interns to provide tennis instruction and enrichment on site at our partner locations and/or on the tennis courts across Rockingham County. This program is organized by a NJTL Coordinator.  A certified teacher leads our academic enrichment program following the USTA Foundation's ACE and Life Skills curriculum.  

This six-week summer program with once a week tennis and ACE enrichment lessons begin June 15 - July 24.  Due to Fourth of July closings, there may be programs or field trips the week of July 31.

Contact RCTA Executive Director Shelby Rhyne at if you are interested in becoming a NJTL Summer Network partner.

2020 NJTL Summer Network partners:

Bridge Street Recreation Center, Boys & Girls Club of Eden and Eden Family YMCA in Eden, Community Baptist Schools, Reidsville Family YMCA, New Reidsville Housing Authority, Huntsville Kids Companion in Madison and Stoneville Elementary Kids Companion in Stoneville.



  • AM Community Baptist Schools, Reidsville. June 15, 22, July 6 (Jaycee Park), 13, 20 (Field Trip) and  27. Contact: Angie Wilson,  (suspended)
  • AM Boys & Girls Club of Eden, Eden June June 15, 22, July 6, 13, 20, and  27.  Contact: Shannon Thacker


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  • PM Huntsville Elementary SACC, Madison. June 17, 24, July 8 and July 15. 3:30-5pm.  Contact: Debra Fulp at (suspended)


  • AM Bridge Street Recreation Center, Eden, June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16.  23 (Team Challenge)  Contact: Carla Huffman
  • PM Stoneville Elementary SACC, Stoneville ,June 18, 25, July 2, 9.  2-4pm. Contact:  Heather Southern, (suspended)


  • AM Reidsville Family YMCA, at Jaycee Park, Reidsville. June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24(Olympic Team Challenge),30 (Field Trip)  Contact:  Maggie McCann (suspended)
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2019 NJTL Summer Network in Rockingham County

RC Tennis has been selected to be part of the Blueprint for Success Capacity Building program for 2019-20.  This program provides funding and program support for connecting tennis and education.from the USTA Foundation and the Southern Tennis Foundation. We use Community Coaches and high school and middle school interns to provide this program on site at our partner locations and on the tennis courts across Rockingham County.  In 2019, we will be adding a NJTL Coordinator and part-time teaching position to our summer program to lead our academic enrichment.

  1. Bridge Street Recreation Center, Eden 
  2. Boys & Girls Club of Eden
  3. Community Baptist Schools, Reidsville
  4. Eden Family YMCA, Eden
  5. Parkview Village Summer Enrichment,, Reidsville
  6. Reidsville Family YMCA,  Reidsville

2019 Summer Interns are:  



Rockingham County HS: Kennedi Ratcliffe, Anna Luking, Kaitlyn Marquardt, Hannah-Anne Williamson and Hannah Wood 
Rockingham Early College:  Harrison Smith
Holmes MS:  Jamey Nusskern
Morehead HS : Gabrielle Hollifield
Reidsville MS:  Malek Bryant, Isiah Brown, Makayla Brown
Reidsville HS: Anna Thomas and Claudia Spencer
McMichael HS: Dylan Smith, Ayden Smith, Tristan Hollifield, and Jada Ore
Eastern Carolina University:  Brock Fox 
UNC-CH: Neil Chudasma
Rockingham Community College: Bryson Chapmon


Are you interested in becoming a NJTL Network intern or community coach?  Read more and submit an interest form here.

Can you lead the court side ACE enrichments lessons?  Teaching experience requested.  8-10 hours/ week for 6 weeks.  ACE Tutor Job description  Email your resume to

2019 NJTL Essay Winners from Rockingham County:  Elle Hubbard and Gabriel Kostov won summer camp scholarships to Reidsville YMCA Summer Serve Camp.  Anna Thomas, A senior at RHS and a RCTA Summer Intern, is the USTA Southern 2019 state winner of the NJTL Essay Contest for 18U girls.  Conratulations!

If your after school or summer daycare program is interesting in joining our NJTL network, please contact Shelby Rhyne, RCTA Executive Director at





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2018 NJTL Summer Network in Rockingham County

RC Tennis received funding from the USTA Foundation and the Southern Tennis Foundation to expand our NJTL summer network connecting tennis and education with seven summer daycare partners and after school at Bethany Elementary and Community Baptists Schools.  We reached over 250 young players during this program in 2018.

  1. Eden Family Y Summer Fun Camp (Tuesday morning)
  2. Reidsville YMCA Camp Soar (Friday morning)
  3. Boys & Girls Club of Eden Summer Camp (Thursday morning)
  4. Parkview Village Summer Enrichment Camp (Tuesday morning)
  5. Eden Parks & Rec Summer Camp at Bridge Street Recreation Center (Thursday morning)
  6. Community Baptist Schools (Tuesday morning)
  7. Bee Penn Moore Salvation Army Community Center (Wednesday afternoon)

Campers played tennis once each week at group clinics led by RC Tennis Community Coaches and interns and engaged in Academic Creative Engagement (ACE) enrichment acitivities .  Additional summer NJTL network events included a Net Generation Team Challenge, tennis field trip to Greensboro Tennis Academy at Spencer Love Tennis Center and NC Tennis Hall of Fame in Greensboro, and the opportunity to attend NJTL Day and watch professional tournament matches at the 2018 Winston-Salem Open, an ATP World Tour 250 Event.

2018 RCTA NJTL Network coaches and interns:

Coaches:  Bitrus Istifanus, Jackie Cantrell, Shelby Rhyne and Dennis Webster

2018 Middle and High School Interns:

Gabrielle Hollifield from Morehead High School 
Anna Luking and Jacob Schraufnagel from Rockingham County High School  
Tristan Hollifield from McMichael High School  
Bryson Chapmon, Daniel Crowder, Neil Chudasma, Trinity Galloway, Shaiheed Harrison, and Makayla Ryshaun from Reidsville High School  
Kaitlyn Marquardt from Rockingham County Middle School 
Ayden Smith and Dylan Smith from Western Rockingham Middle School  
Jaden Buist, Rockingham County Home School




2018 NJTL Day at Winston-Salem Open

2017 NJTL Summer Network in Rockingham County

In 2017, RC Tennis has received a $7500 USTA Foundation grant to connect tennis and education with five summer camp partners in Rockingham County:
  1. Eden Family Y Summer Fun Camp 
  2. Reidsville YMCA Camp Soar
  3. Boys & Girls Club of Eden Summer Camp
  4. Parkview Village Summer Enrichment Camp
  5. Eden Parks & Rec Summer Camp at Bridge Street Recreation Center
Each day camp held weekly group tennis clinics on the court and two partners added the off-court ACE curriculum.  Campers enjoyed orgnanized play days, travel to Greensboro to meet young players and coaches at Greensboro Tennis Program and to take  part in NJTL Day at the Winston Salem Open.  Each camper received a free youth or adult racket to take home at the end of the summer.  We reached 165 young players through this summer program in 2017.

Ten RC Tennis Interns, high school and middle school students, assisting summer camp staff and RC Tennis coaches on and off the court during the summer.  They attended a Coach Youth Tennis Workshop with Andrew Waldrop on May 19 and June 5.


2017 RCTA Summer Interns




2017 Winston-Salem Open NJTL Day

2016 NJTL in Rockingham County

During the summer of 2016, Bridge Street Recreation Summer Camp and the Eden Boys & Girls Club SummerFest offered weekly tennis sessions, court-side academic enrichment and a field trip to the Precision Tennis Academy for their summer campers. These programs were supported by a small projects catalyst grant from the NC Public Health Foundation.

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    2016 Eden Parks & Recreation Summer Camp                 2016 Boys & Girls Club of Eden Summer Camp




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