Creating Scholar Athletes: Tennis & Education

by Portland After-School Tennis & Education
New Scholar Athletes join PAST&E!
New Scholar Athletes join PAST&E!
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:
SERVING UP SUCCESS SUMMER PROGRAM
This summer 65 Scholar Athletes, K-12, participated in our nine week Serving Up Success Summer Program to stop summer learning loss. Our Scholar Athletes were challenged to travel the globe in The Amazing Race, learning about different countries, cultures, and global issues while strengthening their reading, writing, and math skills. Scholar Athletes began their learning adventure in France then traveled to Brazil, China, Israel, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Canada, Vietnam and finished their journey in Australia.
Each day of learning is a divergence from what many Scholar Athletes experience in school. We emphasize Scholar Athlete led learning, where a Scholar Athlete or group of Scholar Athletes are presented with a challenge and then experiment to find a solution on their own. We hope to enable each Scholar Athlete to love investigating and coming up with creative solutions to simple and difficult problems alike!
Each weekend Scholar Athletes, age 8 and up, compete with juniors from across the greater Portland area in low-cost 10 & Under and Challenger Tournaments hosted at St. Johns Racquet Center home of PAST&E. By keeping the cost at a third the average rate of junior tournament fees, our nine week summer tournament series gives 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. 
ST. JOHNS RACQUET CENTER DEBUTS NEWLY RESURFACED COURTS
St. Johns Racquet Center, home of Portland After-School Tennis & Education (PAST&E), debuted its newly resurfaced courts to community supporters and partners Monday evening. Mike Stone, former St. Johns Racquet Center Manager, Ernest Hartzog, PAST&E Founder, and Danice Brown, Executive Director, hit the first balls on the new courts surrounded by friends and supporters of the program. 
The court improvements, including resurfacing and redraping, would not have been possible without the support from the United States Tennis Association Facilities Assistance Program and the United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest Section. Steve Huber, of Tennis Surface and Maintenance, and his team did an excellent job with the court resurfacing. All three courts include both 36’ and 60’ lines to accommodate all levels and ages of players. 
To the players at St. Johns Racquet Center, the courts represent more than an arena to play tennis. The players and USTA Teams that utilize the facility directly support PAST&E and its programming each time they play on our courts. Each year, over 1,000 children from low-income families benefit from athletic and academic programming that takes place in the facility. Because of St. Johns Racquet Center PAST&E is able to make tennis accessible to low-income families.
JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS
The Fall Junior Team Tennis season is well under way! Sixteen Scholar Athletes represent PAST&E on two teams: the Straight Aces 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 three matches and over 100 games!
Coach Leon helps Mariyah get ready for her match
Coach Leon helps Mariyah get ready for her match
St. Johns Racquet Center
St. Johns Racquet Center's New Courts!
Alan learning about Brazil
Alan learning about Brazil's rainforests.

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:

Serving Up Succes Summer Program

June 22nd marked the start of PAST&E's 9 week Serving Up Success Summer Program to STOP Summer Learning Loss. 

More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation and reading skills over the summer months. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college. Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most children-particularly children at high risk of obesity-gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break.

Join us this summer as we travel the globe in The Amazing Race! PAST&E Scholar Athletes make up nine teams: the French Gallic Roosters, the Brazilian Jaguars, the Canadian Beavers, the Australian Red Kangaroos, the Ukrainian Mouflons, the Chinese Pandas, the Israeli Gazelles, the Zimbabwean Sable Antelopes, and the Vietnamese Water Buffalos.  

Throughout the week teams have the opportunity to earn points in daily geography, reading, writing, math, science, cultural (art, food, music, dance, religion), fitness, games, and tennis challenges. Track each team's progress as they explore France, Brazil,China, Israel, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Canada, Vietnam, and Australia. Check out our Serving Up Success page to pick a team and cheer them on all summer!

#ReturnTheServe #Portland

PAST&E has been selected as one of 10 National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapters to participate in JPMorgan Chase's twitter campaign, #ReturnTheServe. The NJTL chapter that secures the most mentions will receive $10,000. The campaign will conclude Aug. 14 and the winning program will be announced on Friday, August 21.

How to Vote

Each supporter is allowed one vote per day regardless of method used to vote (Twitter or Instagram) between now and August 14th

  • Follow @PASTandE on Twitter and @pastande_stjohns on Instagram and retweet/repost our daily posts
  • Or create a post on Twitter or Instagram with #ReturnTheServe and #Portland included in the text.
  • Example: I support #ReturnTheServe #Portland. Retweet and help @PASTandE win $10,000 to make tennis accessible to low-income youth.

Thank you for your continued support!

Gema reading about our world.
Gema reading about our world.
Coach Jules & Jeremy writing in their journals.
Coach Jules & Jeremy writing in their journals.
Felipe & Pierre at the arts & culture station.
Felipe & Pierre at the arts & culture station.
Rosie, Olivia & Marissa in the reading tent.
Rosie, Olivia & Marissa in the reading tent.
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!
 

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Portland After-School Tennis & Education

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.ptande.org
Portland After-School Tennis & Education
Project Leader:
Danice Brown
Executive Director
Portland, OR United States

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