Titus O'Neil will help kick off the US Open in New York City later this month when he honors the young winners of the United States Tennis Association's 20th annual NJTL Essay Contest. O'Neil, who is a newly-appointed USTA Foundation Celebrity and Player Advisory Council member, will emcee an awards luncheon on Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Yale Club.
The event, hosted by USTA Foundation Honorary Board Member and former New York City Mayor, the Honorable David N. Dinkins, will honor the 10 essay contest winners, who will each receive a plaque. Deloitte’s Chief Inclusion Officer, Dr. Terri Cooper, will be delivering the keynote address.
The winners, ranging in ages from 10 to 18 who participate in National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapters nationwide, were selected from more than 2,700 entries submitted this summer. Deloitte, one of the world’s largest professional services organizations, serves as the presenting sponsor of the NJTL essay contest and luncheon.
This year’s essay question asked: “What is the most important lesson you have learned thus far through NJTL, and how does that lesson help you in your life as a student, a tennis player, and an individual?” To enter the contest, students were asked to answer this question in an essay of fewer than 350 words.
On Friday, Aug. 24, Deloitte will host the student winners, along with their chaperones, in their innovative Greenhouse. The group will also visit historic 30 Rockefeller Center’s “Top of the Rock” as well as meet with Deloitte professionals.
The winners will also have VIP status in the President’s Box as part of 2018 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation, the annual youth celebration that precedes the US Open. The 2018 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the US Open.
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