“What you are doing is making a huge difference in the kids' lives, and I hope you realize that. These kids may not realize it initially, but they will realize the opportunities that they have been given [at PT&E] and how much that makes a difference in the path of their lives.” - James Blake, Chairperson of USTA Foundation Board
He believes in us, and we hope you do too! Click below to learn more about one of our Scholar Athlete's success story, and help us reach our goal of $20,000 before the new year! We're already more than half-way there!
Looking for the perfect gift for the tennis player in your life?? Stop by the SJRC today and pick up one of our brand new, PT&E scholar athlete designed, t-shirts!
All proceeds from the shirts go directly towards supporting our scholar athletes. Rep the SJRC wherever you go!
#tshirts #ptande #scholarathletes #christmas #giftsforfriends
It was an extra special last day of program for 2018! This past Thursday our beloved Coach Danice returned to PT&E and our Scholar Athletes were thrilled to see her and hear her stories of hanging out with koalas, swimming in the Great Barrier Reef and exploring Australia.
The fun reunion with Coach Danice was then followed by our annual Family Gingerbread House Competition. Each family or a team of families had 20 minutes to construct the most impressive gingerbread house, or in some cases gingerbread villages, to impress our esteemed judges and win!
It was the perfect way to end another wonderful year of program at PT&E. A huge thank you to Coach Danice it was great to have you back!
#ptande #scholarathlete #gingerbread #fun
There is still time to sign up for Winter Break Tennis Camps at the St. Johns Racquet Center! Spots are still available but filling up quickly. Learn more at http://www.ptande.org/winterbreaktennis
#tennis #pdx #ptande #stayfit
We are so excited to announce that Gerardo, a member of our High School academy, is heading to Dominican Republic this summer! With the help of @amigos_americas he will be able to support a different community by creating a sports league where he believes can bring people closer together!
Amigos is a non-profit organization that believes that youth can become a life-long agents of social change. The idea behind it all is that Amigos gives the youth a chance to do something for the greater good, while maximizing their service hours and connecting with a different culture.
Gerardo has been in PT&E for almost 9 years now. He says PT&E has taught him many things , but the three things that have helped him out the most are: leadership opportunities, practicing good sportsmanship and life skills.
Now that Gerardo is older he wants to give back to his PT&E family. He is giving back by mentoring the kids on his free time in the classrooms, learning the fields of marketing as an intern and supporting players in the tennis courts.
He kindly asks that you’ll support him on his journey by donating at his CauseVox site :
#amigos #bethechange #service #ptande #scholarathlete
Christmas came early to the Scholar Athletes at PT&E yesterday when 16 employees from Nike visited our after school program! The employees from Nike had the chance to experience a typical day at program as they helped with homework and played tennis with our Scholar Athletes.
On top of that our friends from Nike brought special books (or in some cases a few books) for every single one of our Scholar Athletes. Each Scholar Athlete submitted their reading interests and employees at Nike had the chance to pick a Scholar Athlete so the books they received were just what they love to read.
A huge thank you to the Nike employees who came and spent time with our Scholar Athletes! We are also very grateful to those who could not come to program but still donated these meaningful books.
It was another great day at PT&E!
#nike #justdoit #giving #ptande #scholarathletes #books
Join us during winter break for our annual Winter Break Tennis Camps! These camps are open to the public and a great way to stay active during the holidays!
Learn more at http://www.ptande.org/winterbreaktennis
We hope to see you there!
Our Scholar Athletes had the privilege of meeting the US Tennis Legend James Blake when he visited PT&E on Friday, November 2nd!
James met with our Scholar Athletes, played tennis with PT&E donors, answered questions and shared his incredible success story. It was a wonderful opportunity for our Scholar Athletes!
Thank you to the donors at the 3rd Annual Gala who made a generous donation to help fund James Blake’s visit to PT&E.
The donors had the chance to meet James Blake and play doubles with him and our Scholar Athletes were thrilled to watch a former pro play. After playing tennis James answered questions from our Scholar Athletes and shared how hard work, positivity and perseverance led him to where he is today. Following the Q&A session our Scholar Athletes had the chance to show off their skills on the court playing with and against James.
It was truly an honor to meet James. Thank you James and to everyone who made this inspiring day possible!
#tennis #ptande #inspiration #usta #thanksjames
This weekend our Scholar Athletes went looking for Sasquatch while exploring the Ape Caves with Passport Oregon!
13 of our Scholar Athletes and two coaches climbed through a nearly mile long cave, using flash lights and head lamps to guide the way, before enjoying a delicious lunch on Yale Lake in front of Mt. St Helens.
It was an awesome way to wrap up our fall adventures and our biggest Passport Oregon trip yet!
#explore #oregon #ptande #adventure
Join us tonight at 6pm at the St. Johns Racquet Center for a free community play day with our Todos Tenis program!
Every Friday for the rest of the year we will have these tennis days available to the public! No tennis experience needed and coaching will be done in English and Spanish.
See you there! ¡Estan bienvenidos a un clase de tenis para la comunidad con nuestro programa Todos Tenis esta noche a las 6 pm en el St. Johns Racquet Center!
Todos los viernes durante el resto del año tendremos estos días de tenis disponibles para el público. No se necesita experiencia con tenis y el entrenamiento se realizará en inglés y español. ¡Nos vemos esta noche!
#ptande #community #tennis #fun
Yesterday all of our staff dressed up as their favorite super heroes for Halloween but on Tuesday Rosie, a senior in our high school academy, had the chance to visit a real life hero!
Rosie spent the evening shadowing "Coach Lu" at Randall Children's Hospital, where Lu works as a nurse in the Neonatal ICU (intensive care unit). Luehna is one of the hundreds of scholar athletes who have benefited from PT&E. She was a member of the PT&E High School Academy and honed her academic and tennis skills at St. John's Racquet Center before graduating from Benson High School in 2011. She attended Linfield College where she received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and then came back to be a coach tutor at PT&E before continuing her career in medicine.
As Rosie quickly approaches graduation she is thrilled to have the opportunity to shadow PT&E alumni like Coach Lu who are living fulfilling and productive lives. Rosie plans to attend college next year and may pursue a degree in nursing just like our beloved Coach Lu!
#ptande #coachLu #rolemodels
Happy Halloween from PT&E!
We had a super day showing off our costumes, playing fun games, worked on science with volunteers from Jesuit and of course played tennis.
#fall #halloween #ptande #family
It was our scariest family meeting night of the year tonight as we had our annual Pumpkin Carving Competition.
Our families worked together to create spooky, funny and unique pumpkins!
A big thank you to our judges who gave their time to help pick out the best of the bunch!
Check out some of the amazing designs from this years competition.
#halloween #spooky #pumpkin #ptande