FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2012
Felton Factor Scholar Athletes pictured with
(left to right) John Block, PAST&E Tennis Director, Sean Eberle, Player's Racquet Shop West, and Fitz Paccione, PAST&E Coach/Tutor
Portland, Ore.— Portland After School Tennis & Education (PAST&E) is pleased to announce the launch of the Felton Factor, a “Best in Class” development program serving at-risk junior players who excel at tennis.
The Felton Factor—named in honor of longtime PAST&E board member Matt Felton—focuses on strengthening participants’ fundamental tennis skills, preparing them for competitive play, and encouraging sportsmanship. The program also strives to improve competitiveness against private-club players who generally have greater resources and training opportunities.
“Our 'scholar athletes' participating in the Felton Factor have demonstrated excellence both on and off the court,” says PAST&E Executive Director Danice Brown. “Through the Felton Factor they will continue to set a standard for other PAST&E scholar athletes to follow.”
To build their leadership skills, Felton Factor participants also serve as assistant coaches to PAST&E’s core staff, helping implement the organization’s tennis and fitness programming.
PAST&E teamed up with several partners to launch the Felton Factor, including Nike Tennis, which provides practice and competition gear, accessories, and footwear for players and coaches; Babolat, which provides each player with a Babolat Pure Drive Lite racquet, customized by Player’s Racquet Shop West; and Los Angeles based Solinco Sports, which provides Vanquish and prototype string for each player.
About Portland After School Tennis & Education
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. Located at North Portland’s St. Johns Racquet Center, PAST&E impacts the lives of more than 1,000 at-risk children and families every year. For more information, visit www.pastande.org.
Maureen “Moe” Dugan