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Aleigha Zerba

Concord High School alumna Aleigha Zerbe was recently named a section winner of the United States Tennis Association Foundation’s annual National Junior Tennis and Learning Essay Contest.

Zerbe, a 2019 Concord High graduate and former Spiders tennis player, attends UNC Charlotte.

The National Junior Tennis and Learning network is a nationwide network of community tennis organizations seeking to develop the character of young people through tennis and education. NJTLs are unique because they offer a variety of on-court programming and also educational and life skill components designed to enhance a child’s overall development.

Founded in 1969, the growing network of tennis providers shares similar values, ideals and goals by reaching out to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to play tennis, instilling in youngsters the values of leadership and academic excellence, and by giving all kids the opportunity to fully develop their tennis skills so they can derive a lifetime of enjoyment from the sport.

Deloitte, one of the world’s largest professional services organizations, has become the first-ever presenting sponsor of the USTA Foundation NJTL Essay Contest. Deloitte has joined forces with the USTA Foundation to help youths advance their education and fulfill their potential.

Zerba is studying to become an elementary school teacher.

She was a four-year varsity tennis player and a two-year starter at Concord High and was a two-time all-conference player.

Zerbe’s essay focused on how Arthur Ashe, through creating the USTA’s National Junior Tennis and Learning Network, helped her become not only a better tennis player but a much more well-rounded person with great perspective. She wrote about all the great people she met through tennis, many of them being from a wide range of economic backgrounds.