It was Portland Tennis & Education's honor and privilege to help sponsor the 2017 High School Tennis Coaches Workshop. 35 local tennis coaches and 55 high school athletes gathered at the St Johns Racquet Center share best practices, learn new drills and develop their coaching skills to support scholar athletes throughout the Portland area.
On February 1st, 9 college athletes from the University of Portland and Portland State University women's tennis teams joined us to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Our scholar athletes got to hear from these women about how tennis has helped them gain opportunities, build relationships and travel the world. We danced, played tennis and had fun!
Thanks to the amazing efforts of Pacific University College of Optometry and Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation with KEX Kids Fund, the Scholar Athletes of Portland Tennis & Education were presented with free eye exams and new eyeglasses.
We are grateful for our partnership with these incredible organizations. And, all of the Scholar Athletes are excited for their new glasses!
Over Winter break, we were fortunate to have a group of dedicated Coaches/Teaching Professionals volunteer their holiday time to make the "Hot Shot Tennis Clinic" possible for all of the our Scholar Athletes. The clinics pushed them beyond their boundaries through physical and mental conditioning while they worked on every possible shot that can be made on a tennis court.
A big thank you to Fitz Paccione, Mike Nakajima, Franklin Truong, Eric Guenther, Vu Bui, Kieran McTeague and Andrew Nakajima for all of their hard work!
PT&E Scholar Athletes, Coach/Tutors, and families had the wonderful opportunity to take part in the PowerShares Series Tennis: Champions Challenge in Portland last Friday. The scholar athletes were able to give a demonstration of a 10U clinic. Also twelve of our cheetah scholar athletes were chosen to be ball kids for the entire event. We sat up close as we watched USTA Foundation Chairman James Blake outplay his fellow pros Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, and Mark Philippoussis.
THANK YOU to PowerShares Series and all of its staff for inviting us to take part in such a fun and exciting experience!
Harry Merlo, an incredible Portland philanthropist who supported Portland Tennis & Education for many years of his life, passed away peacefully Monday morning at age 91. In 2015, Harry Merlo was the focus of our Scholar Athletes’ essays on a community hero who helped to make tennis and education accessible to people, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or ability. Harry Merlo has visited Portland Tennis & Education throughout the years and connected with the Scholar Athletes in our program. His passion for youth and education inspire Portland Tennis & Education and the entire Portland community to spread kindness and love to all.
Angel, an eighth grader who has been in PT&E since 2012, says, “A good person like Harry Merlo has confidence in himself, respects people, is honest to everyone, and has pride. [...] Harry Merlo used these qualities with kids to inspire them about their future. [...] [He] inspires [PT&E], and we appreciate everything he has done for us everyday. Harry Merlo is a great man who helps young children to fulfill their dreams and goals in their future. Harry Merlo is very important to us because of his donations, kindness, and friendship. Thank you Harry Merlo for being a huge part of [PT&E] and my life.”
The Harry Merlo Foundation, Inc. gives support to child welfare, community development, education, and much more. We deeply appreciate the support the foundation has given Portland Tennis & Education throughout the years, and we will miss Harry’s frequent visits to St. Johns Racquet Center.
Thank you to Harry Merlo for his invaluable support throughout the years. Rest in peace, Harry.
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.
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 #bigapple! Huge congratulations to Ashley and her family! #stronggirl #altheagibson #aaec #mytenniscommunity #tennis #education #lifeskills #servingupsuccess #ptande #gobeyond #juniordevelopment #workhard #playhard #goals
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.