Creating Scholar Athletes: Tennis & Education

by Portland After-School Tennis & Education
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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
Counting our Pennies for Peace
Counting our Pennies for Peace

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:

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

Thank you for your continued support!

Kassandra, Ema and Coach Bob at Artichoke Music
Kassandra, Ema and Coach Bob at Artichoke Music
Our teams are set for Spring JTT
Our teams are set for Spring JTT
 

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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
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