A Big Win Over the Weekend for PT&E!

Over the weekend, our 4.5+ Men's League headed up to Spokane, WA to participate in the 4.5 Men's Sectional Championships after an incredible season of being undefeated in their flight. Their win streak continues, and their road to Nationals was secured, after a final showdown with their toughest competitor on Sunday, August 14 at the Ferris High School courts. 

A big congrats to Team Captains, Fitz (a board member of PT&E) & Trenton (Previous PT&E Staff Member and Current USTA Junior Competition Coordinator) and their team members Leon (PT&E Director of Tennis), Franklin (PT&E Pro & Assistant Facility Manager), Dan (a board member of PT&E), David, Pete, Jake, Jeff, Damon, Geoff, Andrew, Eric, Jimmy, & Scott.

Thank you for representing PT&E at St. Johns Racquet Center! Also, a thank you to the Alyssa & USTA PNW for all of their hard work to make it all happen.

Our Very Own National 12's Arthur Ashe Essay Winner!

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We are so proud and thrilled to announce that our very own ‪#‎scholarathlete‬ Ashley is a NATIONAL WINNER in the 2016 ‪#‎ArthurAshe‬ Essay Contest in the Girls 11-12 category! Ashley will travel to NYC with her parent to attend Arthur Ashe Kids' Day and experience the ‪#‎bigapple‬Huge congratulations to Ashley and her family! ‪#‎stronggirl‬ ‪#‎altheagibson‬ ‪#‎aaec‬ ‪#‎mytenniscommunity‬ ‪#‎tennis‬ ‪#‎education‬ ‪#‎lifeskills ‬‪#‎servingupsuccess‬ ‪#‎ptande‬ ‪#‎gobeyond‬ ‪#‎juniordevelopment‬ ‪#‎workhard‬ ‪#‎playhard‬ ‪#‎goals‬

Children's Literacy Project Release Party!

Portland Tennis & Education is excited to support the Children's Literacy Project, which is a group of students from Roosevelt High School and Know Your City who are working together to bring more diversity to children's books. They write and publish books and spread the news to the St. Johns (Portland) community and beyond in Portland. Books they publish are based off of their true life experiences as people of color, and they hope to touch the lives of young people who are blessed to read their books.

Join Portland Tennis & Education at the Children's Literacy Project Release Party! The event will take place on Wednesday, August 17th from 6:30-7:30 PM at Writers' Dojo (7518 N Chicago Ave. Portland, OR 97203). Guests have the opportunity to pre-order books at the party and meet the authors. Follow Children's Literacy Project on Facebook and Instagram.

New Hero Added to the Books

Aspire to aim high! Two-Time World Record Holder Colin O'Brady came to visit our Scholar athletes and aspired them to dream big and reach for their goals. Colin currently holds the record for the fastest times to climb All "7 Summits" and completing the Explorer's Grand Slam. Before he set the new world records Colin had faced many physical and mental challenges. He had to overcome these challenges in order to reach his goal. After hearing the amazing stories of how Colin overcame his challenges tall the Scholar Athletes aspired to have the same kind of dedication and due diligence as Colin. Setting goals and taking the small tedious steps to reach them. 

Keepin' Cool for the Summer

If you're not breaking a sweat trying to save Mother Earth, you're just not doing it right! Our scholar athletes have been on countless missions this summer to learn a much as they can about the Earth as well as tackling the challenges that it faces.  A BIG Thank you to Pete Northrup and Northrup Corporation for their generous donation of the air conditioners that are keeping our super heroes nice and cool after a hard days work.

 
 

PT&E's Road to the Davis Cup

Prior to the Davis Cup Angel, Cesar, Gerry, and Miguel participated in the ball kids tryouts and all four of them were selected to be ball kids throughout the three days of Davis Cup matches. 

Friday Day One:

First day of the Davis Cup matches. Early in the morning all out scholar athletes headed out to prepare for the big day. Our ball boys went off to their last practice to work out all the last kinks. The rest of our Scholar Athletes went off to their seats setting up their pompoms and clappers ready to cheer on the US Team. It was a epic match up first match Jack Sock V.S. Marin Cilic. Jack Sock was down two sets to love, but in the third set he brought his game to a completely different level taking the third set, then fourth, and finally clinching the fifth set to take the US team to a 1-0 lead. (4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4). The kids were off their seats the entire match, still in disbelief that Jack Sock was able to comeback from a two sets to love deficit, winning in five sets. John Isner made quick work against Borna Coric. Isner serving 22 aces taking it straight sets. (6-4, 6-4, 6-3). Leading the US to a 2-0 lead against Croatia. All the Scholar Athletes were inspired to serve like Isner and preserver like Sock. after day one of the Davis Cup.

Saturday Day Two:

All the Scholar Athletes and coaches included were still running on the hype from the matches on Friday. But Saturday was a little different instead of singles it was doubles. With one of the greatest double pairings playing for the US, Bob and Mike Bryan were going to play against Croatia's Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig. But before the matches started fifteen of our scholar athletes were chosen prior to the matches to be official flag bearers, each carrying and representing countries that participate in the Davis Cup. (Click Here to watch the Flag Ceremony.) It was a long grueling match the Bryan brothers played well, but the Croatian's were able to win the key points in the match winning the match in four sets. (2-6, 6-2, 2-6, 4-6)Turning the score 2-1 US leading. The Scholar Athletes were impressed by how well the Bryan brothers played together and how well they communicated. They were inspired to play doubles like them some day. 

Sunday Day Three:

It was the final day of the Davis Cup with the US team leading 2-1. It was going to be a long grueling day with the sun beating down on the Scholar Athletes, they were all prepared wearing sunscreen and hats. All ready to sit through hours and hours of tennis. The match ups were big serving number one American John Isner against 2014 US Open Champion Croatia's number one player Marin Cilic. It was a tough match for both players, John's massive serve made it hard for Cilic to get a break, and Cilic's superb all around grinding game made it hard to win points against Cilic's service. In the end Cilic was able to clinch a straight sets victory over John Isner. (6-7(9), 3-6, 4-6). Creating a 2-2 tie between the US and Croatia. The final match was going to decide the winner of the quarterfinal match leading to the semifinals. America's young gun Jack Sock was going to face off against Croatia's young gun Borna Coric. It was a tough match for both players as well, Jack's massive serve and forehand had Coric on the defense. Coric's defensive game allowed him to create opening to turn defense into offense. The Scholar athletes continued to cheer on Sock to give him support. But Coric was able to clinch out a victory over Sock in four sets. (4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6). Giving the Croatian's a 3-2 victory coming back from a 0-2 deficit. It was a rough lost for the US crowd. The Scholar Athletes were a bit upset about the lost, but they understood how hard of a match it was for the US Davis Cup team. They understood how big of a opportunity it was for them to be able to witness such a event. They were all inspired to work harder both on and off court to achieve excellence just like all the players. 

 

 

Chase #ReturnTheServe

To celebrate the achievement of the attendees in the 10 NJTL chapters, JPMC will host a #ReturnTheServe Fun Day presented by Chase in all ten cities (New Orleans, Dallas, San Francisco, Jacksonville, New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, Houston, and Washington D.C.)

With 155 participants coming from PT&E, James John SUN School, Sitton SUN School, Boys and Girls Club, and various high schoolers. There were six stations where all the participants were able to learn the game of tennis, learn about health, fitness, while earning prizes along the way. At the end Coach Danice receives a check of $10,000 from Chase!

Davis Cup Coin Toss at Pioneer Square

Early in the morning PT&E Coaches and Scholar Athletes headed out to Pioneer Square to set up 5 mini tennis courts to play on. Our Scholar Athletes demonstrated their foam ball skills, attracting attention from everyone passing by, some even stopped by to watch and play. 

With more and more attention the crowd grew larger and larger. All awaiting to see what all the commotion is about. Finally an announcement was made that the US Davis cup and Croatian Davis Cup teams will be arriving to watch the coin toss ceremony to determine the order of serves. The event officially began with the PT&E "Let's Move It" Modified Flash Mob Dance. (Click Here to see the Dance.) 

After both the US and Croatian Davis Cup teams were introduced it was time to decide the order of play and which team will serve first. It wasn't any regular coin toss, we had four of our Scholar Athletes, Alberto and Angel playing against Gerry and Ristom first to 3. It was a intensive match Gerry and Ristom being behind 0-2, came back and got to 1-2, with a long rally with almost every single tennis stroke known to mankind being hit back and forth Alberto and Angel were able to win the rally with a big forehand to win 3-1. That wasn't the end of the matches, then teammates Alberto and Angel had to face off against each other first to 3 again. Alberto and Angel battled it out, giving it everything they had. Alberto led with a dominating 2-0 lead, but Angel kept his head cool and continued to grind out all the points chasing after every ball even chasing the ball all the way out to the audience. Making a comeback to 2-2. After a long hard fought last point Alberto clinched a 3-2 victory over Angel with a massive forehand winner to the backhand side. Alberto was given the honor to draw a ball out of a bowl to decide the order of play and serve for the Davis Cup. 

Top Collegiate Players Visits PT&E!

The US Davis Cup selects the most talented and upcoming young tennis players from colleges to be practice partners and travels with the team. They took time out of their busy practice schedules to come and visit all the scholar athletes at Portland Tennis and Education! 

They enjoyed and experienced Coach Danice's Peace Circle, where our guests had to link together to hold as many peace balls as possible not allowing them to drop. Afterwards all the guests were split into groups and told the scholar athletes a story about them, then the scholar athletes had to reenact the story in a skit. 

Finally PT&E along with our guests created a video to support the US Davis Cup team. (To see the video (Click Here) The video was featured at the day three of the Davis Cup.