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Dr. James B. Ewers, Jr. is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and a product of the parochial and public schools there.  He is an educator with over 40 years of experience in working at the college and secondary level.  During this time, he has developed programs and activities for traditional and non-traditional students.  He also created partnerships with businesses that have resulted in the creation of jobs for many students.


He received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Caroline where he attended on a tennis scholarship.  He was All-Conference for four years and his record of having won 34 consecutive singles matches still stands.  Included in this streak are wins over Purdue and Northwestern Universities.  He is a member of the University's Hall of Fame.  Dr. Ewers received the M.A. degree in Education from Catholic University in Washington D.C., and the Ed. D. degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  He has also done post doctoral studies at Harvard University where he was a 1996 graduate of the Management Development Program. 


The tennis courts at the Atkins High School are named for one of its best tennis players: Dr. James B. Ewers, Jr. 


Ewers is currently a member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Louisiana and sits on the Diversity Committee. He was appointed to the USTA Southern Schools & After Schools Committee in 2019. Ewers is a life member of the NAACP and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha. Ewers is married to Deborah L. Ewers. They have three adult children and five grandchildren.


Tournament Record

June 1993

Singles Champion (4.0)  The Georgia Games Savannah, GA

July 1989

Singles Champion (40's) 

Nehemiah Atkinson Tennis Scholarship Foundation

New Orleans, Louisiana

October 1988     

Singles Champion (35's) Salisbury/Cheerwine Open

Salisbury, North Carolina

July 1987

Semifinalist (35's) Salisbury Cheerwine Open

Salisbury, North Carolina

July 1986

Singles and Doubles Champion

Southeastern Racquet Association Team Tennis

Charlotte, North Carolina

August 1984

Singles Finalist (35's) Garber-Lash Tournament

Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Singles Finalist

Hecht Company Tournament

Other Highlights

  • USTA Southern Sectional (member and Diversity Champion: Schools/After School Committee)

  • Louisiana Tennis Association (member Diversity and Inclusion Committee

  • Atkins High School (Winston-Salem, NC) Tennis Courts renamed Dr. James B. Ewers, Jr. Tennis Courts.

  • Inducted into the Atkins High School Hall of Fame (Winston-Salem, NC)

  • Inducted into the Johnson C. Smith University Athletic Hall of Fame

  • Inducted into the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Sports Hall of Fame.

  • Sent players to Johnson C. Smith University on tennis scholarships while a coach at Ballou High School in Washington, D.C.

  • Nominated for the Rolex Tennis Award.

  • Co-sponsor, along with teammates, a scholarship awarded annually to a member  of the Johnson C. Smith University Men's and Women's Tennis Team.

  • Sponsor of the Dr. James B. Ewers, Jr. Family Scholarship at Atkins High School in Winston-Salem, NC.



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