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.

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.

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!

New School Year & New Courts!

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!