USTA/MTEF Changing Lives Through Tennis: Indianapolis NJTL Sets Daryl Whitley on Path to Success

In 1975 Daryl Whitley was hanging out at his stepdad’s home — “bored to death,” he recalls — when he turned on the television and saw Arthur Ashe win the Wimbledon singles title. “A black guy?” Whitley recalls thinking: “It was the first time I’d ever seen tennis.” Whitley found his stepdad’s old racket and was figuring out the game at Douglass Park when he spotted a sign promoting Indianapolis National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL), which took him to Riverside Park and a path to academic and athletic success. More than 55,000 children have received tennis instruction through Indianapolis NJTL since its founding in 1969. The USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation supports the program

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