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Two USTA Eastern Juniors Attend USTA NJTL Leadership Camp

July 19, 2012 10:14 AM
Jonathan Agyeno
Marissa Bowles
Two USTA Eastern juniors – Jonathan Agyeno of Yonkers, NY and Marissa Bowles of South Orange, NJ – were among 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 is being held on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
Agyeno was nominated by Dante Brown from the Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program based on his leadership qualities, academics, tennis skills and extracurricular activities.
Bowles was nominated by Jonathan Williams from Reach for College based on her leadership qualities, academics, tennis skills and extracurricular activities.
While Bowles has been active with USTA tennis programs and camps in previous years, this is the first year she has been involved with an NJTL program. She is inspired by NJTL founder and tennis great Arthur Ashe. 
"My favorite quote from Mr. Ashe is ‘Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can,’" said Bowles. 
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.