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.
Thank you to Luke Jensen, Jonathan Stark, the Satchwells, Tom Carter, and all supporters of PAST&E for this amazing opportunity!
Last week, PAST&E Scholar Athletes and Coach/Tutors participated in the Great Kindness Challenge. For each kind act participants added a sticker to our peace sign. By the end of the week it was almost completely filled!
Congratulations to Oscar, who won "Student of the Month" at James John! Oscar demonstrated exceptional safely, respect, and responsibility at school, as he does every day at PAST&E.
The Portland Junior Scientists of Jesuit High School were recently featured in the Catholic Sentinel newspaper for their outstanding work in communities like Portland After-School Tennis & Education!
THANK YOU to PJS for showing up and engaging with our Scholar Athletes every Monday. We appreciate your sharing time and knowledge at PAST&E and are grateful for your enthusiasm for learning!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how!
Every Monday, the Portland Junior Scientists (PJS) lead Science Club at Portland After School Tennis and Education. PJS is 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!
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!
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!