Frequently Asked Questions

NJTL instructor holding a large tennis racquet.

Q: What are NJTL’s funding sources?
A: Foundation Grants: 21 percent
Individual & Corporate Donors and Events: 56%
Registration Fees: 23%

Q: What is NJTL’s major fundraising event each year?
A: Night at the Net is our annual fundraiser that features a table tennis tournament, cornhole, live and silent auctions, food and drinks, and a dj.  The 2018 event is TENTATIVELY scheduled for March 3, 2018.  

Q: What is NJTL’s annual budget?
A: NJTL’s 2015 budget is $239,000, which does not include in-kind services.

Q: How many children does NJTL serve?
A: More than 1,000 children participate in NJTL’s year-round programs.

Q: What is the NJTL summer program?
A: The NJTL summer tennis program is offered at Indy parks and schools for six weeks during June and July.  NJTL offers partial and full scholarships when even the low fees are more than a family can afford.   No child is turned away due to an inability to pay. Participants are taught the fundamentals of tennis, play matches, and learn important healthy living and life skills. QuickStart tennis equipment is utilized with all Level 1 players ages 5-10.  

Q: Who founded NJTL and when?
A: Nationally, NJTL was founded by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder in 1969 in New York. Barbara Wynne founded the Indianapolis chapter in 1973.

Q: Do I have to live in Indianapolis to participate?  
A: No, any child between the ages of 5 – 18 can play regardless of where they live.

Q: What tennis teaching methods does NJTL use?
A: NJTL uses QuickStart Tennis for Level 1 players ages 5-10. Level 2 and Level 3 classes combine lessons with match play.  

Q: Who is on the board of directors?
A: Click here to see a list of the board of directors.

Q: Does NJTL collaborate with others in the community?
A: NJTL collaborates with a number of youth-serving organizations each summer. If you are interested in signing up your daycare, camp, church group or children at your community center, please contact Steve Mackell at  If you would like to be one of NJTL’s “Doubles Partners,” contact Monica Brase at

Q: What is the cost for participants to play in NJTL’s summer program?
A: $20 or $50 for Level 1 players, depending upon the site. Level 2 and Level 3 classes are $75. Collaborating youth-serving organizations pay $15 per child, regardless of location. Also, needs-based scholarships are available upon request. No child is turned away due to an inability to pay.

Q: Who is eligible for a scholarship?
A: The NJTL of Indianapolis Scholarship Program is open to Indiana residents who receive state assistance through Hoosier Healthwise Insurance, Indiana’s health care program for low income families, pregnant women, and children, or Hoosier Works, Indiana’s Food Stamps/TANF assistance program. Alternate state-sponsored health insurance programs, including the Healthy Indiana Plan, and out-of-state insurance programs do not qualify. To print a copy of our scholarship form, click here.

Q: How many program sites does NJTL operate in the summer?
A: The number of sites varies from year to year.  In 2017, 11 different sites were used for NJTL’s summer program.

Q: What are the ages of NJTL participants?

A: NJTL serves children ages 5 through 18.

Q: What supplies do NJTL participants need?
A: Participants should wear appropriate attire, tennis shoes and bring water. NJTL provides loaner tennis racquets and balls for all participants.

Q: What educational components does NJTL offer?
A: Our program provides youth ages 5 to 18 with increased skills, leadership development opportunities, healthy living principles and positive role models. Our education programs – which include the Annual Arthur Ashe Essay Contest and a Reading Program – focus on learning, effective communication, decision-making, sportsmanship, teamwork, healthy lifestyle choices, and respect. In partnership with WFYI Public Media, NJTL utililizes “5-2-1-0 Countdown to Health.” This initiative encourages kids to make simple, everyday choices that establish good habits in nutrition and fitness – key components for a lifetime of health.

Q: Does NJTL offer other programs in addition to the summer program?
A: NJTL also offers two seven-week indoor winter tennis sessions, a seven-week spring outdoor session, and a seven-week fall outdoor session. Lessons are available for Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 players. The indoor programs are offered at Indianapolis Racquet Club East, West Indy Racquet Club, UIndy Tennis Center, and Carmel Racquet Club. The outdoor sessions are offered at Tarkington Park. Prior summer program participants are extended a reduced registration fee for the fall, winter and spring programs that immediately follow. We also offer a summer camp opportunity at Perry Park for children ages 5-10.
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