2nd Annual Tennis Ball Gala

On Saturday, November 4th, over 270 business and community leaders gathered at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland to celebrate and support the scholar athletes of PT&E at the 2nd Annual Tennis Ball Gala. The night was filled with auctions, raffles, delicious food, and a special tennis performance from our scholar athletes.

Together we raised over $100,000 which will go directly back into academic and athletic programming for our scholar athletes. The generous donations from our supporters and our volunteers make the work we do with our scholar athletes each day possible!

Thank you to everyone who made this night and our program possible!

All photos from the evening can be found HERE

PT&E Scholar Athletes Celebrate Live Learn Play Grant at Blazers Game

As one of the recipients of the Trail Blazers Foundation’s Live, Learn and Play Grant, PT&E was given three tickets to attend last nights celebration and game between the Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans. We held an essay contest where students wrote about what it means to be a global citizens to decide who would go to the big game. Barry and Daniela, from the Elephant’s Classroom, earned the opportunity to attend the game with Coach Nina! Thank you to the Trail Blazers Foundation for selecting and celebrating us, and thank you Nike for sponsoring the Play Grant of which we were recipients of.

 

Portland Timbers Support PT & E

PT&E was honored to be one of the organizations awarded $5,000 by the Portland Timbers Community Fund (PTCF) for supporting wellness in the community. This gracious donation from the PTCF will go towards supporting our Eat Wise & Exercise program and help our scholar athletes get fit and stay healthy!

Thank you Portland Timbers for positively impacting the community. Good luck bringing the MLS cup back to Portland!

Back to PT & E

After school program has started once again at PT&E!

Our scholar athletes returned to the courts and the classrooms at the St. John's Racquet Center this week and got right to work. We had a guest from the Oregon Community Foundation, a family meeting, and of course a lot of fun!

Our High School Academy also began another year taking classes at Oregon Connections Academy. This year Miguel, Alberto and Rosie are joined by Gerry and the former two will be touring and applying for colleges this year. 

It was a great start to another school year at PT&E!

 

Adidas Village Visit

On Friday August 10th PT&E was invited to the Adidas campus for a day of fun tennis games with Adidas employees. Our scholar athletes played doubles, enjoyed delicious snacks and got to dance with the over 60 Adidas volunteers. It was a fun day in the sun for all of our scholar athletes!

Adidas generously donated a new pair of court shoes and new uniforms to each scholar athlete, as well as $5,000 to help support the program during the upcoming academic year!

A huge thank you to the adidas Social Purpose Team and PT&E Board Member Nathan Roach for making this event possible and providing our scholar athletes with a memorable day of fun!

#RETURNTHESERVE

On Friday July 15th PT & E hosted the Return the Serve Tennis Fun Day sponsored by JP Morgan Chase. Well over 100 local youth and dozens of volunteers showed up for a Friday filled with tennis, fun games, prizes and pizza! This is the third year PT&E has been fortunate enough to partner with Chase.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event and made it all possible. A huge thank you to the USTA who partnered with JP Morgan Chase to make this event possible. An extra special thanks to the JP Morgan Chase & Co. whose employees spent a Friday volunteering and playing games with the kids! As well as an even bigger thank you for the incredibly generous donation of $10,000 which will help us to support our scholar athletes in countless ways! Return the Serve is always a blast for kids and volunteers alike and we are honored to have hosted this event more than once and hope to do so again next year!

Jugamos Juntos Family Tennis Clinics

Over the course of six weeks PT&E offered free family tennis clinics every Friday night at the St. John's Racquet Center to introduce community members, specifically from the LatinX community, to the sport of tennis. Over 115 people participated in these clinics, which were known as "Jugamos Juntos Family Tennis Nights" over the six weeks. Jugamos Juntos came to a close with a festive potluck on Friday June 23rd. The SJRC was packed with smiling faces and laughter as families came together to play fun games, win prizes (everyone left with a new shirt and a racquet), listen to engaging speeches from Jorge Fuenmayor and Ian Symmonds and eat the delicious food! These pictures are just a small snapshot from this amazing evening.

Special thanks to the USTA Diversity and Inclusion for the grant that made the Jugamos Juntos Family Tennis nights possible and to their director Bill Leong who was in attendance this past Friday. Another thanks to our guests Ian and Jorge as well as Miguel Garcia for showing up on Friday and supporting this event. And last but not least a huge thank you to all of the families who showed up eager to learn and play over the past 6 weeks, you are what made Jugamos Juntos such a special thing. We hope to see you around the SJRC soon!

Coach Mikayla Wins Laura Viney Award for Women's Leadership

One of Portland Tennis & Education's own, Mikayla Posey, was selected for the Laura Viney Award for Women's Leadership. Presented by the Institute of International Education, the national award is granted to one individual each year who advances education and lifts the quality of life for women and children in a measurable way around the world. Coach Mikayla was chosen for the volunteer work she did while in Germany as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and the work she continues to do at PT&E. In addition to teaching at a local German school during her Fulbright, Coach Mikayla was a travel correspondent for Reach the World, a nonprofit in New York. Using their online platform, she shared articles, videos and photos with classrooms in the US, illustrating her experience in Germany and increasing students' understanding of their global community. Coach Mikayla also volunteered with refugee programs in Frankfurt while abroad, organizing biweekly gatherings for refugee families and youth, where they could play, eat and receive information about integration services available to them.

Coach Mikayla traveled to Washington DC to receive the award from Institute of International Education at their annual board meeting. She also accompanied IIE staff to the Capitol, meeting with congressmen, including our own Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, to advocate for the Fulbright Program and share about the work of PT&E.

 

Congrats Mikayla! We are very excited to have you as a part of our team.

PT & E Scholar Athlete Wins Amazing Kid Award

Anyone who has met the 7th grader Leilani knows that she is special, so it came as no surprise when she was selected as Vancouver’s “Amazing Kid” by Pamplin Media Group.

On Monday May 8th she was one of 28 students from the Portland area recognized as an “Amazing Kid” for their academic and community service accomplishments. The students, along with their families and some educators, gathered at OMSI for a celebratory luncheon to listen to inspiring presentations, celebrate their accomplishments and hear an address from former Trail Blazer Brian Grant, founder of the Brian Grant Foundation.

"It feels nice — just knowing they all impact the community as I do," Said Leilani, who is a 4.0 student at Gaiser Middle School and has been with PT&E for the past 5 years. She has a younger brother who is also a scholar athlete with the program and they along with their mother Celina, who works as a coach tutor at PT&E,  make the journey across the Columbia every day to study, learn and play at the St. John’s Racquet Center. Leilani plays guitar, clarinet, bassoon, drums and piano and is a mentor for many of the younger scholar athletes at PT&E.

We are very proud of her and congratulate her on winning this well deserved award!

Check out a feature about Leilani on page 66 of this online magazine (http://publications.pmgnews.com/fpubs/2017/amazing-kids-2017/mobile/index.html#p=64)

Buffett Bash Fundraiser

On Friday May 5th we hosted our first ever Jimmy Buffett Bash fundraiser.

It was quite the party!

Over 200 people showed up to support the work that we do (and drink margaritas, eat delicious food and dance the night away to music from local band Beadhead!).

A huge thank you to everyone who attended this event and to all of you who have supported PT&E over the past 21 years.

Special thanks to our sponsors and partners who helped make this event possible: Bacardi, MillerCoors , Coca-Cola, BG Graphics,Player's Racquet Shop, Grand Cru Hospitality, Beadhead and Lauren Ogard.

Here are a few pictures from the event: