2014 Serving Up Success Summer Program
This week marked the start of the fifth week of our nine-week 2014 Serving Up Success Summer Program. This summer Scholar Athletes have been challenged to study different biomes and learn what it takes to survive in each environment.
We began our learning adventure on a deserted island, then found ourselves marooned on a mountain top, only to end up on a space station. We landed back on earth to find ourselves in the depths of the rainforest, after enduring the rainforest we are currently learning what it takes to survive adrift in the ocean.
Each day of learning takes a different approach from what many students experience at school. We emphasize student led learning, where a student or group of students are presented with a challenge and can then experiment and find a solution on their own. We hope to enable each student to love investigating and coming up with creative solutions to simple and difficult problems alike!
SummerSlam Junior Tournaments: Survivor Series
Each weekend Scholar Athletes ages eight and up compete with other juniors from across the greater Portland area in low-cost sanctioned USTA 10 & Under and Junior Challenger Tournaments hosted at St. Johns Racquet Center, home of PAST&E. By keeping the cost at a third of the average rate of junior tournament fees, our eight week summer tournament series gives over 200 children the opportunity to experience tournament play. These tournaments allow PAST&E to fulfill its mission to keep the sport of tennis accessible to our Scholar Athletes and other low-income families.
Thank you for your continued support!
With your support PAST&E is continuing in our mission to improve the lives of at-risk youth in Portland, Oregon, USA. Here are a few updates from our program:
Portland State University and Pacific University's Men's Tennis Teams Visit PAST&E
Thursday, February 13th the men's tennis teams from Portland State University and Pacific University visited PAST&E to help celebrate Black History Month. Players spent the afternoon teamed with our Scholar Athletes learning about notable African American tennis players, making friendship bracelets, and playing tennis. Check out this video provided by the Portland State Vikings!
PowerShares Series Comes to Portland
PAST&E Scholar Athletes were asked to demonstrate 10 & Under Tennis at the PowerShares Series Tournament in late February. They did a great job and enjoyed watching some of the greats including James Blake, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, and Jim Courier!
PAST&E Scholar Athletes Visit the University of Portland
Saturday, April 5th, PAST&E Scholar Athletes ventured to the University of Portland for a full day of activities. Each Scholar Athlete was paired with their own college "big buddy" that stayed with them throughout the day, showing them what life is like as a college student. The day began with the Scholar Athletes and big buddies watching the Portland Pilot's Women's Tennis team take on Pepperdine. Then the big buddies and Scholar Athletes set off on a scavenger hunt to find seven tennis balls hidden in key buildings around the University of Portland campus, like the library and dormitories. After meeting for lunch, the Scholar Athletes listened as students spoke on the importance of college. Through the activities and bonding with their big buddies, the Scholar Athletes were able to see the opportunities college offers.
Spring Junior Team Tennis Update
The Spring Junior Team Tennis season is well under way! Forty-one Scholar Athletes represent PAST&E on five teams: The Terminetters, Swing Theory, Straight Aces, the Racqueteers, and the Kids on the Court. Our teams have been traveling to local clubs and tennis facilites meeting and competing with players across Greater Portland. So far they've won six matches and over 250 games!
Pennies for Peace
Our scholar athletes are participating in Pennies for Peace, a service-learning program designed to broaden our scholar athletes' cultural horizons while teaching them about their capacities as philanthropists - one penny at a time! How can a penny bring peace? In the villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan, a penny can buy a pencil, start and education, and transform a life.
Music Club Members Perform at Artichoke Music
Jnauary 30th, members of the PAST&E Music club performed "If I Had a Hammer" at Artichoke Music at a tribute honoring the life of Pete Seeger. Artichoke Music is a non-profit organization supporting community music in Portland. The PAST&E performers played to a full-house. Over 20 performers offered their tributes through song, poetry or stories about the great champion of social justice. Our scholar athletes were among those offering tributes to a great life.
Scholar Athletes Gear Up for Spring JTT
This Spring, 41 PAST&E scholar athletes, representing five teams, will participate in Junior Team Tennis. JTT is a United States Tennis Assocation league that allows players of all levels to experience match play in a fun and rewarding team enviornment. During the JTT season our teams will travel to local clubs and tennis facilites meeting and competing with players across Greater Portland. Our teams are working hard on the court to prepare for match play starting March 7th!
PAST&E Makes the News
January 7th, local KGW news reporter, Art Edwards, spent the afternoon wiht PAST&E scholar athletes discovering the strong combination of tennis and academics that takes place at PAST&E every day. Check it out! Portland Tennis Program Helps At-Risk Kids
Respect. Practice. Patience. Teamwork. This is possible every day for our Portland After-School Tennis & Education (PAST&E) scholar athletes because you have joined our PAST&E team of Coach/Tutors, Volunteers and Community supporters.
It is this teamwork that impacts the lives of our PAST&E scholar athletes in the classroom and on the court.
Thank you for your support of our project to Create Scholar Athletes through Tennis & Education. Your gift is already helping at-risk youth from low income families find solid ground and increased confidence in reading, math, life skills, physical fitness and tennis.
Your committment to PAST&E means more scholar athletes like Kassandra, who earned her PAST&E scholarship 4 years ago as a 1st grader, will share in a positive and well structured environment, that prepares youth for the mental, social and physical challenges of middle and high school. By fostering positive relationships between PAST&E coach/tutors, parents, teachers, and volunteers every child knows he or she has a team to support them, cheer them on, pick them up if they falter and challenge them to take the next step.
Thank you so much for recognizing the need and responding. To say "Thank You" our scholar athletes wanted to send you the special message below!
Globetrotting Tour Fulfills the PAST&E Goal to Curb Summer Learning Loss for At-Risk Youth
This summer PAST&E spent 8 weeks learning about 8 areas of the world, Yellowstone National Park, Guatemala, Argentina, New Zealand, Ireland, Togo, Nepal and the Philippines. Scholar athletes attended the program 5 days a week, 7 hours a day. One hour each day was devoted to tennis leaving the rest of our day dedicated to a variety of subject areas including life skills, community building, art, biology, news, cultural dances, games, foods & clothing, geography, environment issues and social justice. Our Coach/Tutors leading the activities tailored each for the Chimps in 1-3rd grade, the Elephants in 4-5th grade and the Cheetahs in 6-8th grade. Our last week was spent preparing for our Festival of Nations presentations that teamed up our older scholar athletes as mentors for the younger students. And we also had 30 scholar athletes graduate from the Game, Set and Match levels of First Serve Life Skills Curriculum sponsored by the USTA’s National Junior Tennis & Learning.
Scholar athletes age 8 and up competed with other juniors from across the city in a low-cost sanctioned USTA 10 and Under and Junior Tennis Tournaments hosted at St. Johns Racquet Center, the home of PAST&E. By keeping the cost at 1/3 the average rate of junior tournament fees, our 8 week summer tournament series gave 233 children an opportunity to play in a tournament. And PAST&E’s mission to keep the sport of tennis accessible to our scholar athletes and other low-income families was fulfilled.
In total we served 170 scholar athletes this summer through our Serving Up Success Summer Program. Through our partnership with James John Elementary SUN Community School we served 120 scholar athletes in our Kids Tennis & Reading Clubs. But, at the heart of our program, our 50 year round scholar athletes attended PAST&E for more than 280 program hours. Additionally, outside of program hours our families stayed involved throughout the summer by participating in tournaments and field trips, family meetings and maintaining our PAST&E family garden. And more than 50 dedicated volunteers gave over 1800 hours of volunteer service with PAST&E!
With school already under way we are starting our year round program this week!
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