Portland After School Tennis & Education (PAST&E) is a nonprofit whose mission is to create partnerships with families, schools, and volunteers to help at-risk K-12 students achieve academic and athletic success. We accomplish this through one-on-one academic tutoring, tennis lessons, a nutrition/fitness curriculum, parent education, and a “Best in Class” development program serving junior players who excel at tennis. Founded in 1996 as an extended-learning program to introduce low-income children to tennis, we incorporated an educational component in 2007 to deliver a higher-impact experience. Through our extended-learning, summer, and enrichment programs, we impacted the lives of more than 1,000 at-risk children and their families in 2012 and have served more than 7,000 over time.
PAST&E delivers its year-round, tuition-free program to children who qualify for the federal Free & Reduced Lunch program--an indicator of low household income. Children attend the program 640 hours during the school year and 280 hours in summer, developing the academic, athletic, and life skills they need to reach their potential.
The PAST&E Academy
PAST&E Tennis Academy High School Scholar Athletes are held to a high standard of performance in both academics and sportsmanship. All scholar athletes are required to compete in the NJTL National Student Athlete Competition, the Arthur Ashe Essay & Art Contest, High School Tennis, USTA Junior Team Tennis, and maintain an above 3.0 grade point average.