Tennis anyone? How about tennis everyone, at the Princeton Tennis Program!

Since being founded by Eve Kraft and John Conroy in 1954 as a nonprofit, year-round community tennis association to serve the greater central New Jersey region, PTP has established a proud heritage of group instruction to aspiring players between the ages of 5 and 95. During that time more than 120,000 area residents have participated in PTP’s programs.

PTP has dedicated itself to attracting new players who might not otherwise participate in tennis; and to pursuing a standard of excellence in teaching and education by encouraging the following:

• Healthy Lifestyles – encouraging regular exercise, good nutrition, and self-respect.

• Acceptance – accepting diverse backgrounds, styles, perspectives, and cultures.

• Sportsmanship – supporting each other’s triumphs and tribulations on and off the court.

• Responsible citizenship – making good choices on the tennis court, at home, and in the community.

• Quality programming – meeting the needs of all the members of the community, no matter if they are a first-time beginner or a pro.

The organization grows the game of tennis by offering high-quality group lessons and programs without regard to age, abilities, skill level, or financial situation. PTP offers wheelchair tennis, a free year-round weekly class for players ages 10 to 20 with autism, and subsidized lessons and programs for area seniors. Need-based scholarships and financial aid are available to those who qualify. These specialized programs are designed to promote health, fun, and well-being.

Since the 1950s PTP has gone far beyond the bounds of an Ivy League town. Classes are not only offered in Princeton, but West Windsor, Plainsboro, Hamilton, Robbinsville, Lawrence, and Bordentown as well. These programs attract students from all over central New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

PTP’s constant pursuit of excellence has resulted in numerous regional and national awards; and its program has served as a model for communities across the nation. Tennis Magazine has voted PTP a “Top 50” tennis organization, and the club has been consistently recognized by the towns that it serves. Recreation and parks departments rely on PTP for instructional curriculums as well as court administration and management. Ten years ago the non-profit garnered enough funding to purchase a tennis facility on Washington Road, which has been named the Eve Kraft Community Tennis Center.

Spring classes start Monday, April 23. Registration for spring classes and early bird registration for summer camps start Thursday, March 1, at 9 a.m. Early bird registration provides summer camp discounts. Changes made at a later date will void the early bird rate.

Summer Classes and Camps run from June 25 to August 24, 2018.

So if you live or work in the Central Jersey area, know that PTP has been building tennis in our communities since 1954. Check out what they have to offer at www.ptp.org! Or feel free to call PTP at 609-520-0015.

Princeton Tennis Program, 92 Washington Road, Princeton. 609-520-0015. www.ptp.org

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