Music and Guitar Club's First Performance

Music and Guitar Club Scholar Athletes held their first recital and sing-along for families and friends Thursday evening at James John Elementary School. Scholar Athlete performances included the c-major scale,"El Jarabe Tapatio," and One Republic's "Counting Stars." Music Club meets every Monday during the school year led by Coach Bob and Coach Izzy with help from volunteers Jimmy Cutrona and Deb Jones. Their song circle becomes the place where the Music Club members explore popular music and share songs.

PAST&E Receives $5,000 from Portland Timbers Community Fund

Portland Timber Community Fund granted Portland After School Tennis & Education $5,000 to provide financial support for the Serving Up Success summer program at St. Johns Racquet Center which is free of charge 6 hours a day, 5 days a week for 250 low income youth.

John Block, PAST&E Tennis Director, Anna Becker, St. Johns Racquet Center Manager, and Scholar Athletes, Miguel De Leon Diaz and Alberto Murillo attended the Timbers game on Saturday for the presentation of Portland Timbers Community Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. Go Timbers!

PAST&E Receives $19,000 Grant from Nike

Portland After-School Tennis & Education at St. Johns Racquet Center receives $19,000 grant from Nike to make the sport of tennis accessible to disadvantaged children and to provide them with positive role models, tutoring and life skills through neighborhood tennis and education programs.

The Nike Employee Grant Fund was established in 2010 to benefit communities where Nike employees live, work and play. Through this fund, Nike employees work to award at least $550,000 per year to nonprofits and schools in the Metropolitan Portland region and in southwest Washington. Nike employees not only participate in the review of grant applications, but also volunteer their time and expertise to contribute to the grantees' success.

Portland After-School Tennis & Education Scholar Athletes proudly display the batiks they created to thank Nike.

University of Portland Visit Day

Saturday, April 5th, PAST&E scholar athletes ventured to the University of Portland for a day full of activities. Every student had their own college “bid buddy” that stayed with them throughout the day in order to show them what life is like as a college student.

The day began with seeing the Pilots Women’s Tennis face off Pepperdine. Then the big buddies and scholar athletes set off for a scavenger hunt to find 7 tennis balls hidden in key buildings on the University of Portland campus, like the library and a dormitory. After meeting for a free lunch, the scholar athletes also heard some speeches about the importance of college. Through the activities and bonding with their big buddies, the scholar athletes were able to see the opportunities that college can offer.

Portland After School Tennis and Education honors Dr. Ernest Hartzog

Dr. Ernest Hartzog was elected as the first Lifetime, Honorary member of the Board of Directors of Portland After School Tennis and Education (PAST&E). A Scholarship Fund for PAST&E Scholar Athletes graduating from High School has been established in his name.

Dr. Hartzog founded Portland After School Tennis in 1995. A widely respected community leader, educator, scholar athlete and mentor, Dr. Hartzog serves on the PAST&E Board of Directors and was its first President.

Dr. Hartzog is a leader in the civil rights movement. He earned a master’s degree at San Diego State University and New York University. He earned his doctorate in psychology and human behavior at the United States International University. Dr. Hartzog was named San Diego’s first black high school principal serving at Lincoln High School. He was instrumental at ending years of unrest and civil rights demonstrations in the high school’s community. He served in education and community leadership positions throughout the nation retiring in 1992 as Assistant Superintendent of Portland Public Schools.

He was a charter member of the 5,000 member National Alliance of Black School Educators and served as president from 1979 to 1981. He was founder and first president of the Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators. He continues membership in these organizations. Dr. Hartzog has taught at every level of education and served on the advisory boards of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. He was founder and now serves as a board member of Building Blocks To Success a youth LEGO Robotics program in Portland. He is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Boulé and serves on the board of directors of the African American Male Achievers Network based in Los Angeles, California and Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr. Hartzog continues to play and serve the sport of tennis. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Northwest Section of the United States Tennis Association and was the first Chair of the Multicultural Participation Committee of the Pacific Northwest Section of the USTA. He is a member of Sunset Athletic Club where he plays tennis at least twice weekly.

Dr. Hartzog served his country on two tours of duty in the United States Army in both World War II and the Korean War. He and his wife Marilyn live in Portland.

PAST&E Scholar Athletes Raised 38,842 Pennies for Peace!

PAST&E Scholar Athletes collected pennies throughout the month of February participating in the Pennies for Peace campaign. In total, we collected 38,842 pennies! These pennies will help buy school supplies for children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. Thanks to all the Scholar Athletes, their families, St. Johns Racquet Center players, and friends of PAST&E for donating their pennies!

Portland State University and Pacific University's Men's Teams Visit PAST&E

Thursday, February 13th the men's tennis teams from Portland State University and Pacific University visited PAST&E to help celebrate Black History Month. Players spent the afternoon teamed with our Scholar Athletes learning about notable African American tennis players, making friendship bracelets, and playing tennis. Check out this video provided by the Portland State Vikings!

Snow Day Play Day

Snow days in Portland, Oregon may slow the traffic down but not tennis at PAST&E. Check out our Tennis Director, John Block, and Program Director, Trenton Corvino, take wintertime tennis to another level!

PAST&E Board of Directors Welcomes Five New Members

2014-2015 PAST&E Board of Directors

Pictured left to right: Mike Nakajima, past chair; Bob Howard, chair; David Aoyagi; Nathan Roach, Vice Chair; Harry Aldrich; Matt Semler; Danice Brown, Executive Director; Elise Orban; Jonathan Stark. Not pictured: Brian Joelson, Dr. Ernie Hartzog and Anna Arodzero, Secretary

2014 promises to be an exciting year for Portland After School Tennis and Education (PAST&E). PAST&E will soon kick-off its first ever capital campaign to expand the classrooms and amenities at the St Johns Racquet Center. PAST&E now operates the Racquet Center for the benefit of the education and athletic programs provided to over 600 low-income children a year in north Portland.

Our Executive Director, Danice Brown begins her 8th year as the heart and soul of the program. She brought education to the program and has built a program that fosters self-sufficiency in our young scholar athletes, helping children develop the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in school and beyond.

The new Board members beginning their terms in 2014 are Anna Arodzero, Coca Cola Company; Harry Aldrich, entrepreneur; David Aoyagi, DART Equity LLC; Matt Semler, Advanced Vascular Dynamics; and Jonathan Stark, Gameday Media.

The returning Board members are: Bob Howard, incoming Chair, retired Pacific Gas & Electric Company; Nathan Roach, incoming Vice Chair, Adidas; Mike Nakajima, immediate past Chair, Nike; and Brian Joelson, Umpqua Investments; and Elise Orban, volunteer.

Dr. Ernie Hartzog, Ph.D., our founder, retired educator and senior administrator with Portland Public Schools and honoree with numerous national leadership positions is elected as our first lifetime honorary member of the Board.

Music Club Members Perform at Artichoke Music

Members of the PAST&E Music club performed “If I Had a Hammer” at Artichoke Music last night at a tribute honoring the life of Pete Seeger. Artichoke Music is a non-profit organization supporting community music in Portland. The PAST&E performers played to a full-house. Over 20 performers offered their tributes through song, poetry or stories about the great champion of social justice. Our kids were among those performers offering tributes to a great life.