Camp Teaches Life Skills, Leadership and Sportsmanship

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., JULY 13, 2012 ? The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that Chloe Henderson, 14, from Las Vegas is one of 36 student athletes from around the nation selected to attend the 28th annual USTA/NJTL Tennis Leadership Camp in Minneapolis, July 16-20. The camp is for youth ages 12-14 who participate in National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network chapters nationwide. This year’s camp will be held on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Henderson was nominated by Trent Alenik from’s Marty Hennesey Junior Tennis Foundation based on her leadership qualities, academics, tennis skills and extracurricular activities.

Henderson began playing tennis at eight years old, but didn't start playing tournaments until the end of 2010. In less than two years, Henderson has climbed in both state and regional rankings. She is currently #1 in Nevada in 14s, #4 in Nevada 16s and #11 in Intermountain in 14s.

?There are some children that have this great inner desire and motivation to succeed in life,? said Alenik. ?Chloe personifies this attitude both in her academics, family life and in tennis. Chloe has always been very nice to our entire NJTL community and truly deserves to go on this wonderful trip.?

Henderson comes from a close knit family and is particularly inspired by her 80-year-old grandpa, the oldest performer in Cirque Du Soleil.

The all-expenses paid week-long camp provides the attendees with tennis instructions as well as rewarding educational and motivational experiences. During the camp, instructors emphasize the importance of individual skill development, physical fitness, proper nutrition and good sportsmanship. The students will receive tennis lessons four to seven hours daily from several of the most experienced coaches in the game; hear from guest speaker Jon Rydberg ? U.S. Men’s wheelchair tennis player and 2012 Paralympian; and volunteer locally to sort and pack donated books for shipment to the ?Books for Africa? projects and programs.

The USTA/NJTL Tennis Leadership Camp was created in 1984 to provide an educational and motivational tennis experience for NJTL participants who might not otherwise have access to such an opportunity. The camp is held in a different city each year and has recently been held in Atlanta, Denver, Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Diego, Orlando, and Sonoma Valley.

Founded in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, along with Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder, the USTA/National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network is a nation-wide group of more than 600 non-profit youth development organizations that provide free or low cost tennis, education and life skills programming to more than 250,000 children each year. Celebrating its 43rd anniversary this year, NJTL is one of the USTA’s largest community-based offerings.

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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level -- from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 785,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to, ?like? the official Facebook page or follow @usta on Twitter.

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Liz McCollum, BZA PR on behalf of USTA
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