I just returned for the United States Tennis Association - Community Tennis Development Workshop which was held in New Orleans this year. I have been fortunate to attend this conference every year since I have been the Executive Director of Portland After-School Tennis & Education, Inc. So many of you only think of "tennis" when you think of the USTA, but I have found that for USTA Serves and NJTL (National Junior Tennis & Learning) tennis is the vehicle to engage at risk children in learning. Yes..."EDUCATION"...whether it is supporting programs that offer tutoring, life skills, nutrition, fitness...I wish all of you could have been there to hear the incredible work that is being done through NJTL Chapters across the country. I am so proud to be part of this network of dedicated people...and each year our gatherings have become more and more a "reunion of friends".