Year End Appeal

Because of your support...

In 2009, Portland After-School Tennis & Education established a year around program for at-risk youth from low-income families. The children we impact have earned the title of “Scholar Athlete.” PAST&E’s year around program invests over 1,000 hours in each Scholar Athlete’s social, athletic, and academic development. We know it works...because 100% of our High School Academy graduated from high school and are enrolled in college. We have high hopes that with the guidance of their teachers, coaches, tutors, families, and each other, they will go on to become integral members in their community and the peacemakers of tomorrow. 

In addition, through our community outreach program, we have provided over 10,000 children accessibility to fitness, tennis, A.C.E. (Academic Creative Engagement), First Serve Life Skills, and competitive tennis through USTA Junior Team Tennis League and Junior Tournaments. We are fortunate to have over 250 high school, college, and community volunteers who help us achieve our mission. 

Thanks to your continued support we can continue to provide meaningful programming and opportunities to our Scholar Athletes, their families, and the community as a whole. 

Sincerely,

Danice Brown, Executive Director

First Lego League Competition

Congratulations to our First Lego League Team for participation in last weekend's Trash Trek Lego Tournament! Angel, Alex, Ashley, Bryan, Damion, Leilani, and Marissa presented their tennis ball recycling project, robot design, and competed in three rounds of robot competition against other teams. It was the team's first year competing as part of First Lego League and they are excited to start practicing for next year's tournament!

National Student Athlete Competition

Miguel Diaz De Leon (pictured) placed 4th in the High School Boys division of the competition and was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship.

Miguel Diaz De Leon (pictured) placed 4th in the High School Boys division of the competition and was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship.

20 Scholar Athletes Receive Top Awards in the National Student Athlete Competition

The National Student Athlete Competition is a nation-wide contest for all juniors participating in USTA play. Points are calculated from the athlete's grades and tournament play. Miguel Diaz De Leon, who has been enrolled in PAST&E since 2009, received at $1,000 college scholarship for placing 4th in the Boys' High School Division.

PAST&E had multiple Scholar Athletes place in the Top 10 for their divisions. 
High School Boys – Miguel 4th, Alberto 8th
Middle School Boys – Angel 2nd, Ariel 4th, Gerry 7th, James 8th
Middle School Girls – Jordan 1st, Jasmine 7th, Natisha 8th Ema 9th, Gemma 10th
10 & Under Boys – Omaree 2nd, Felipe 5th, Alex 6th, Eddy 8th, Oscar 9th, Pierre 10th
10 & Under Girls – Cielo 5th, Leilani 6th, Ferris 9th

Congratulations to our Junior Team Tennis Teams!

Marissa, Martin, and Ashley celebrate The Kids on the Court's final match.

Marissa, Martin, and Ashley celebrate The Kids on the Court's final match.


PAST&E Junior Team Tennis teams placed top in their divisions.

USTA Junior Team Tennis brings players together to enjoy camaraderie and teamwork, providing a fun environment for kids to learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game - win or lose. This fall PAST&E had two teams compete in the league. 

The Kids on the Court represented PAST&E in the 10 & Under division. The team placed 2nd overall winning 212 games. The Straight Aces played in the 12 & Under Intermediate division and placed 1st with 194 games won. Congratulations to all our players and good luck in the winter league!
 

Thank you for your support!


THANK YOU for attending our Seventh Annual Sip, Serve, and Celebrate Fundraiser!

Because of you, our annual signature event was a great success. Portland After-School Tennis & Education is grateful for your support and generosity allowing us to continue to serve at-risk youth in North Portland. 

Click here to see photos from the event!
 

New School Year & New Courts!

Mike Stone (former SJRC Manager), Danice Brown (Executive Director), Ernest Hartzog (PAST&E Founder)

Mike Stone (former SJRC Manager), Danice Brown (Executive Director), Ernest Hartzog (PAST&E Founder)

St. Johns Racquet Center is excited to debut our newly resurfaced courts for the 2015-2016 school year! The update could not have been possible without the support from the USTA Facilities Assistance Program and the USTA Pacific Northwest section. Additionally, thank you to all the players who directly support PAST&E every time they play at St. Johns Racquet Center!

Every Vote Counts!

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.

Encourage your friends and family to retweet your posts or create posts of their own with #ReturnTheServe and #Portland

Help us win $10,000!

HOW TO vote

Each supporter is allowed one vote per day regardless of method used to vote (Twitter or Instagram) during the voting period.

July 10 - 19th

  • 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.
  • Encourage your friends and family to retweet your posts or create posts of their own with #ReturnTheServe and #Portland.

july 20th - august 14th 

  • Post an organic tweet or Instagram using #ReturnTheServe and #Portland
  • Or vote on the website: chase.com/usopen by simply clicking Portland's “support” button, and a pre-populated tweet will appear that says “I just helped @Chase #ReturnTheServe in #Portland! Show your support by voting here: link to URL”
  • Encourage your your friends and family to retweet your posts or create posts of their own with #ReturnTheServe and #Portland or vote on the chase.com/usopen website.


Thank You for Your Support!

We would like to thank all of the PAST&E staff, volunteers, families, and Scholar Athletes, our Board of Directors, Brian Joelson, Jonathan Stark, Travis Parrott, Kean Feeder, Board Chair Harry Aldrich, Executive Director Danice Brown, all attendees and supporters, and everyone else who made the Second Annual Ladies of the Court Luncheon a huge success! We are extremely grateful for the support of the extended PAST&E community, which makes events like this possible.