Creating Scholar Athletes: Tennis & Education

by Portland After-School Tennis & Education
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Luke Jensen with Miguel and Alberto
Luke Jensen with Miguel and Alberto

Dear Friend,

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:

Dual Hand Luke Donates Tennis Clinics to Support PAST&E

PAST&E is very fortunate to have had "Dual-Hand Luke" at St. Johns Racquet Center all day Sunday, February 15th. Luke Jensen, French Open Champion, donated his time to host both a junior and adult tennis clinic at SJRC. For three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon, Luke Jensen enthusiastically taught the lifelong sport of tennis to players ages 8 to 65.

Luke Jensen partnered with Jonathan Stark, French Open and Wimbledon Champion, and PAST&E Board Member, and PAST&E Tennis Professionals to train the Scholar Athletes. Luke's love for tennis and positivity lit up St. Johns Racquet Center. Scholar Athletes were thrilled to learn from "Dual-Hand Luke."

Trish and Keene Satchwell, PAST&E supporters, purchased the junior clinic from Luke Jensen at the Sixth Annual "Sip, Serve, and Celebrate" fundraiser for PAST&E back in October. Trish and Keene generously donated the junior clinic to the PAST&E Scholar Athletes, so the Elephants and Cheetahs had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Luke Jensen. Additionally, Tom Carter, supporter of PAST&E, purchased the adult clinic and invited friends and family to train with the greatest.

PAST&E Celebrates Earth Day

April 22nd's Earth Day Walk was a great success! The one-hour walk from PAST&E through Pier Park and back reminded PAST&E families, Scholar Athletes, Coach/Tutors, and the St. Johns community what a beautiful world we live in. To keep the Earth healthy and strong, we must remember that our actions affect everything around us. Be mindful and remember...

“We have not inherited the land from our parents, we are borrowing it from our children.” -Amish Saying

Walk MS

On Saturday, April 18th, PAST&E joined with Claire Sarnowski on "Team Claire" at the Walk MS Portland 2015 event. Claire's friends and family, along with the PAST&E community, walked through Portland City Center, sharing hope to defeat MS and holding a sign with Jerome Kersey's name and photos. 

Prior to the event, PAST&E Scholar Athletes and Coach/Tutors met Jerome Kersey, whose passing inspired Claire to set her fundraising goal at $25,000 this year. Because of our connection with Jerome, we invited Claire for a visit to PAST&E. This young lady inspired PAST&E to "make change", so we held a campaign to fund-raise for Claire in honor of Jerome.

Scholar Athletes and their families donated change to this great cause. We raised over $250 for Claire and Jerome! 

PAST&E Soccer League

Portland After-School Tennis & Education started a soccer league! The coaches are parent volunteers, and Scholar Athletes had the opportunity to choose to play in the league. Teams were chosen from a hat, and team names were chosen by the players and coaches together. We have 25 Scholar Athletes playing on four teams. Every team has 6 matches. Matches began in early April and the season is off to a great start! 

Thank you for your continued support!

Scholar Athletes on the Earth Day Walk
Scholar Athletes on the Earth Day Walk
PAST&E Soccer League: Team Barcelona
PAST&E Soccer League: Team Barcelona
Junior adding his kind acts to our peace sign.
Junior adding his kind acts to our peace sign.

Dear Friend,

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:

Great Kindness Challenge

January 26th through 30th marked the Kids for Peace Geat Kindness Challenge of 2015! At PAST&E, we challenged Scholar Athletes, Coach/Tutors, PAST&E families, and volunteers to complete as many kind acts as possible. For each kind act, participants placed a sticker on the peace sign in the hallway. By the end of the week our peace sign was overflowing with all of our Scholar Athlete's kind acts.

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop 

"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." - Lao Tzu

USTA Workshops at PAST&E

Monday, January 26th, two outstanding members of the National USTA team made an extra special visit to Portland After-School Tennis & Education to educate our staff, volunteers, and community. 

Kirk Anderson, the Director of Coaching Education for the USTA, presented his Coaching 10 & Under Tennis workshop. After a delicious meal made by PAST&E Coaches Gavi and Nora, Bill Leong, the Director of Diversity for the USTA, presented on creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community at PAST&E and SJRC and in the St. Johns neighborhood.

We are extremely grateful for their time and expertise and look forward to implementing these new and innovative techniques in our program. THANK YOU to Kirk and Bill for sharing your knowledge and experience with PAST&E! Thank you to Coach Gavi and Coach Nora for the delicious dinner!

Nike Employees Help Scholar Athletes 'Fill Their Buckets'

Wednesday, February 4th, Wendy, one of our star volunteers, and her co-workers from Nike spent the afternoon at PAST&E. Scholar Athletes and Nike employees partnered to learn about 'The Theory of the Dipper and the Bucket.' 

The theory teaches us that each one of us has an invisible bucket. It is constantly emptied or filled depending on what we say or do. When we treat each other well our buckets are full and we feel great! When we treat each other poorly we empty each other's buckets and we feel awful. At the end of the day, Scholar Athletes and Nike employees alike realized the power of being kind to one another. Together we pledged to be bucket fillers and not bucket dippers!

Thank you for your continued support!

Bill Leong, Danice Brown, Kirk Anderson
Bill Leong, Danice Brown, Kirk Anderson
Angel and Gemma filling buckets with kindness.
Angel and Gemma filling buckets with kindness.
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J'Sean exploring Non-Newtonian Fluids

Dear Friend,

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:

PAST&E Science Club

Every Monday members from the Portland Junior Scientists, a student-run, community service organization where high school students unite with at-risk youth to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, spend the afternoon with our Scholar Athletes. This Monday during Science Club, the Scholar Athletes learned about Non-Newtonian Fluids by doing an experiment with food coloring, corn starch, and water. What messy fun it was! 

Fall Junior Team Tennis Update

The Fall 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 facilities meeting and competing with players across Greater Portland. So far they've won nine matches and over 300 games!

Happy Thanksgiving from our PAST&E Family to yours!

The PAST&E Scholar Athletes expressed their gratitude for their families at this month's family meeting. Each Scholar Athlete read his or her "Why I'm Thankful" letter out loud in front of the group of families. Check out this video to see what our Scholar Athletes are thankful for.

Thank you for your continued support!

Alicia & Sophie practicing for their next match
Alicia & Sophie practicing for their next match
Happy Holidays and Thank You for Your Support!
Happy Holidays and Thank You for Your Support!
Eddy, Coach Ian, and Sophia learning about space.
Eddy, Coach Ian, and Sophia learning about space.

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!

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J'Sean drawing a diagram of the water cycle.
PowerShares Series Tournament
PowerShares Series Tournament

Dear Friend,

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!

Thank you for your continued support!

University of Portland Visit Day
University of Portland Visit Day
 

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Portland After-School Tennis & Education

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.pastande.org
Project Leader:
Danice Brown
Executive Director
Portland, OR United States
$5,187 raised of $10,000 goal
 
 
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