Book Delivery

Last Thursday, West Hills General Manager, Karey Welling, along with Whitley, Heather, and Sue Beth visited PAST&E to deliver books gifted to our Scholar Athletes through the West Hills Giving Tree. A big thanks to Karey and all the members at West Hills for their generous gifts! 

Social Media Spirit Award Recipient

THANK YOU to all of our Facebook followers for your amazing support in the Singing For Change Foundation campaign on Facebook back in November! We were recently notified that, with your likes, comments, shares, and photo captions, we won the Social Media Spirit Award, a $2500 grant! 

Again, PAST&E could not do all the work we do without support of family, friends, colleagues, and donors. All are welcome to visit PAST&E to see how we serve during our after-school and summer programs. Contact Associate Director, Steph Haas, at to find out how!

Science Club with the Portland Junior Scientists

Every Monday, the Portland Junior Scientists (PJS) lead Science Club at Portland After School Tennis and Education. PJS is a 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 month Scholar Athletes experimented with the hydrophobic qualities of liquids, Non-Newtonian Fluids, gravity, and catalysts and chemical changes. Check out their experiments below!

Nike Tennis Visits PAST&E

On Thursday, one of our biggest supporters Mike Nakajima and the Nike Tennis team made a very, very special visit to Portland After-School Tennis & Education to spend an afternoon in the life of a PAST&E Scholar Athlete! Divided into Davis Cup Teams, they worked hard "on and off the court" in the team competition with the Scholar Athletes, volunteers, and Coach/Tutors. 

This event was an awesome way for Nike employees to have the opportunity to meet our Scholar athletes. At the end of the day, much to every Scholar Athletes' delight, Mike and the Nike Tennis Team presented them all with a Nike bag that contained new court shoes and PAST&E uniform! 

THANK YOU to all Nike employees who took time out their day to visit PAST&E and meet the Scholar Athletes!

Happy Thanksgiving from PAST&E!

The Scholar Athletes and Coach/Tutors at Portland After-School Tennis & Education wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! PAST&E is thankful for the opportunity and resources to provide educational and athletic programming to at-risk youth in low-income families. We appreciate the time and love our families give their children, as well as their dedication to the PAST&E program. Remember to share your gratitude for loved ones on this special day! 

Tennis Teachers Conference 2014

Last week, John Block, Tennis Director, and Anna Becker, Facility Manger, traveled to the Tennis Teachers Conference in New York City courtesy of the USPTA PNW. Here is a recap of their trip!

Thank you USPTA PNW for an amazing five days at the Tennis Teachers Conference in New York City! We had a great time learning from the best Tennis Professionals in the country like Jose Higueras, Paul Annacone, Kathy Rinaldi, Rick Macey, Peter Smith, and Tom Gullikson.

       Ajay Pant, "No Nonsense Training"

       Ajay Pant, "No Nonsense Training"

The Saturday session began with a Grand Slam Panel featuring Jose Hugueras, Paul Annacone and Kathy Rinaldi, sharing their insights and experiences from coaching and playing at the highest levels of the game. 

Next, we sat in on a presentation from Ajay Pant, “No Nonsense Training,” where he stressed implementing a systematic way of training to ensure that the club and its employees consistently produce exceptional results.

Rodney Marshal on player health & fitness

Rodney Marshal on player health & fitness

The Saturday afternoon session started with a presentation from Rodney Marshal, a strength and conditioning specialist for the USTA Player Development, known for his work with Mardy Fish, John Isner, and Sloane Stephens. He demonstrated warm ups, pre-hab and mobility exercises to ensure players health and fitness.

Following Marshal, Jorge Capestany exhibited a few of his favorite tennis drills that can be adapted to players of all levels. He included different ways vary the drills to engage players from the 2.5 level and up. 

Saturday ended with a presentation from Rick Macci discussing a few of the most common mistakes made at all levels of tennis teaching. Macci believes the most important part of coaching is to develop a player’s courage to play the ball, love the volley, and enjoy competition.

Mark Bey, "Transition From Green to Yellow Balls"

Mark Bey, "Transition From Green to Yellow Balls"

The Sunday morning session kicked off with David Epstein reinforcing the importance of athletic development in the early stages of junior tennis. Challenging the “10,000 hour rule” Epstein emphasized developing more than just tennis players but competent athletes. 

Next up was Mark Bey, demonstrating the “Transition From Green to Yellow Balls” for high level players by using different balls to teach technique and understanding tactics.


Rick Vetter, "Running Team Practices on a Small Court"

Rick Vetter, "Running Team Practices on a Small Court"

Anne Davis spoke about how to host a successful Play Day with the goal of all players serving, rallying, and scoring. Davis highlighted the pathways that Play Days create for programming and lessons while growing the game of tennis. 

Rick Vetter’s presentation, “Running Team Practices on a Small Court” showed that the more play-centered the activities are the more success your players have.

Peter Smith on teaching competitiveness through team play

Peter Smith on teaching competitiveness through team play

USC men’s head tennis coach, Peter Smith, addressed teaching competitiveness through team play. Smith shared from his own success that practices need to be dynamic, fun, competitive, and meaningful. Within that environment, there are many teachable moments such as, losing is natural, playing for a higher purpose than yourself, and that other groups sports can teach competitiveness.

A great day at the US Open with the USPTA PNW crew!

A great day at the US Open with the USPTA PNW crew!


After the closing of the Tennis Teachers Conference we were treated to an afternoon at the opening day of the US Open!

Thank you USPTA PNW!