Racquets and Reading


Deuce the SCTEF mascot and the SCJTL Challenge
"Deuce" the SCTEF mascot and the SCJTL Challenge.

Racquets and Reading

Staying mentally active over the summer is just as important as staying physically active. Studies have shown that students who read over the summer do better at school when they return in the fall.

SCTEF Racquets and Reading is a summer enrichment program developed by SCTEF that reinforces the New York State Summer Reading Program.

SCTEF Racquets and Reading for SCJTL players:

Registered SCJTL Summer League tennis players can earn recognition by reading, writing, drawing, and visiting their library. The program is flexible, allowing children and teens to select from a variety of reading, academic, and artistic activities. The program is available to all SCJTL participants, who track their reading progress throughout the season.

Click here for the Racquets and Reading Summer 2003 inaugural newsletter

SCTEF Racquets & Reading recommends to following programs:

New York State Library's Statewide Summer Reading Program


SCTEF Racquets & Reading supports participation in the USTA Arthur Ashe Essay contest.

The Arthur Ashe Essay Contest is open for NJTL participants.
You could win a trip to New York City!

To help commemorate the legacy of humanitarian and tennis great Arthur Ashe, USTA/NJTL sponsors an annual essay contest – open only to USTA/NJTL participants – asking entrants to answer, in 300 words or less, “Why is Arthur Ashe a legend?”  If you do not belong to an NJTL, click here to locate an NJTL in your area.

Ten national winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York to be guests at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, go to a professional sporting event, check out a Broadway show, take a boat tour around New York City and receive an award at a luncheon in their honor. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is a day-long festival of kids’ tennis activities that includes interactive games, musical entertainment and free clinics. It will be a weekend to remember!

If you’re between the ages of 10 and 18 and play tennis at an active NJTL, click here for the Arthur Ashe Essay Contest entry form. If you would like to submit an essay in Spanish, click here for the Arthur Ashe Essay Contest entry form in Spanish.

Essays and applications are due July 10, Arthur Ashe’s birthday.

Click here to visit the USTA Arthur Ashe Essay Contest web site.