A Message from Our Executive Director

5th Grader Kassandra receiving an award for her Arthur Ashe Essay

Last year, Portland After-School Tennis & Education (PAST&E) negotiated a 20 year lease agreement with the City of Portland to operate St. Johns Racquet Center. Now, our innovative youth development program has a permanent home. This bold move allows us step up our academic tutoring, athletic training and parent involvement with more program hours and parent tennis lessons. But there's still more to be done...

You've heard the Portland Public Schools reports: low-income children are experiencing only a 56% high school graduation rate. You are helping us change that statistic!

Our established partnership with North Portland Schools where over 84% of the children qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, and our work with teachers and after-school coordinators enables us to reach out to the most at-risk youth. Every student's family must apply for PAST&E year round scholarships for our tuition-free program, and in a well structured and safe environment children receive tutoring, learn academic strategies and life skills to foster self-sufficiency.

The impact of our program is measurable through our careful monitoring of attendance, grades, physical fitness, athletic enthusiasm and parent participation. And with a 100% high school graduation rate, our 22 graduates who have all gone on to 4 year colleges are setting the best example for our current scholar athletes. Children like Kassandra, a 5th grader who earned her scholarship 4 years ago, has seen their achievements and knows that she too can succeed in high school and college.

Because of your support...At PAST&E every child believes they can achieve in academics, athletics and life skills and with that...they will succeed.

So please click here to make a financial contribution today to help at risk youth in becoming scholar athletes.

When you give to PAST&E, you are joining the team of coach/tutors, parents, teachers, volunteers, businesses, foundations, national associations and community supporters who are dedicated to the success of every child.

Thank you for your support.


Danice Brown
Executive Director

P.S. We're changing the game for at-risk children in North Portland, will you make a donation today to help ensure children are prepared for academic and athletic success?

Calling All Golfers and Golf Enthusiasts!

Are you a golfer, or do you know a golf enthusiast?
If so Portland After-School Tennis & Education is pleased to provide a great opportunity to our supporters. This Holiday, you can purchase a WinCo Foods Portland Open Foursome Package AND 4 rounds of golf at Ghost Creek and support PAST&E's year round programs at the same time!

Tickets for the WinCo Foods Portland Open are available only through the "Tickets Fore Charity" program, which means that every dollar of the purchase price of tickets goes directly to PAST&E. So you know that your donation will go the distance!

Follow the link to purchase the "Player's Package" and other great ticket packages today! And thanks for your support!
WinCo Foods Portland Open, Tickets Fore Charity

Create Scholar Athletes Through Tennis & Education

A tennis center is really a means of socializing the youth who use it; to help build character, self-confidence, and enhance their self image.
- Arthur Ashe

Portland After-School Tennis & Education (PAST&E) uses tennis, a sport for life, as a vehicle for change for at-risk youth at the St. Johns Racquet Center in North Portland.

Making tennis accessible has helped PAST&E build a team environment involving parents, teachers, coaches and volunteers in the development of each scholar athlete. Join PAST&E and Player's Racquet Shop of Beaverton and you can receive great incentives from Player's and the Give!Guide.

$10 & up Yummy gifts from the Give!Guide
$50 & up Player’s Racquet Shop Gift
$100 & up Player’s Racquet Shop Re-String (a great value!)
$500 & up Player's Racquet Shop $75 Footwear Gift Card

Give to PAST&E through the Willamette Week Give!Guide (you'll find us by our full name or listed in Education!) and check out the other incentives at www.giveguide.org!

Give to PAST&E today at giveguide.org and support at-risk youth from low income families in becoming scholar athletes!

Help PAST&E Combat Summer Learning Loss and Childhood Obesity

Dear Friend,

It's not too late to help low-income children stay safe, active, and learning this summer!

Your contribution to PAST&E today will enable "scholar athletes" like Franciso, Kassandra, Holli, Tsiyon, and Alberto (pictured) to participate in our nine-week "Serving Up Success" Summer Program at St. Johns Racquet Center (SJRC).

With full days of writing, math, history, art, science, fitness, tennis, and more, our rigorous activities keep at-risk children academically engaged, physically fit, and safe from the dangers of gang activity in their neighborhoods while their parents work.