We were thrilled to once again host a Chase #returntheserve tennis fun day for youth in our community this past Friday, 7/12. This day of fun included tennis, prizes, fun games, and more! Chase sponsored events like this across the country and we were honored to be one of the NJTL chapters selected to host. Thank you Chase and the USTA for your continued support of our organization and for believing in the power of sport to change lives. Chase's generous donation at the event will allow us to fund impactful programming for the youth we serve. A special thank you to Dub's St. Johns for providing the delicious food. And a huge thank you to all of the volunteers and staff members who made this day possible Here are a few photos from the day:
We are excited to be kicking off our Todos Tenis program for this summer on Thursday June 20th!
Join Portland Tennis & Education (PT&E) for a family tennis clinic for the Latino community of Portland. PT&E will provide racquets, balls, and professional level coaching in both English and Spanish. These free clinics are fun and easy to sign up for!
All you need to do is show up ready to play at one of the clinics.
All Todos Tenis classes will run from 7-8pm on Thursdays until August 15th. Anyone and everyone is invited so bring a friend and have some fun!
On Saturday, 5/25, our spring cohort took their final adventure of the season, visiting the Clackamas River. We hiked along the banks of the river and saw osprey, salamanders and herons. This spring we collaborated with James John SUN School and went trips to beautiful parks around Oregon and SW Washington. We visited the Guy Talbot State Park, Silver Falls, The Oregon Coast, The Ape Caves, and Milo McIver state park.
All in all 36 students and volunteers have gone on Passport Oregon trips this year and we are excited about how the reach of our program is expanding!
If you want to join us as a volunteer for our summer cohort email firstname.lastname@example.org. Trips will be starting in late June and running through August!
Here are a few photos from our trips this spring:
Two of our scholar athletes competed in the OSAA state tournament on Thursday and Friday. We are very proud of Rosie and Ristom for all of their hard work! Rosie won her first match 6-3, 6-3 before losing a hard-fought match in round 2. Ristom lost his first round match but advanced to the semi-finals of the consolation bracket. Thanks to everyone who came out to support them!
This past Saturday was one of the most festive events of the year, The St. Johns Parade! Our scholar athletes marched alongside the whole St. Johns community on this beautiful, sunny day and we once again won first place! Here are a few picture from the wonderful day!
We are thrilled to share that four of our scholar athletes qualified for the 2019 OSAA State Tennis Tournament. Rosie & Ristom will be representing their schools and PT&E at the tournament, which runs May 16-18 at the Babette Hornstein Tennis Center. All four qualified for the tournament after impressive performances in their district championships. Come support these Scholar athletes who have put in years of hard work to get to this moment!
Another one of our scholar athletes, Leilani, is competing in the state championships in Washington!
On Saturday we celebrated and raised money for PT&E at our second annual Kermes de Primavera. This event was organized by our parents who put in countless hours to host such a wonderful event. There was delicious food, raffle items, dance performances and a whole lot of fun!
A huge thank you to all of our parents who helped to make this event possible! Another big thank you to everyone who attended this event and helped us raise over $6,000!
All of the money raised will go towards supporting our summer program and the success of our Scholar Athletes!
What a way to spend a Saturday! Our Scholar Athletes hit the slopes of Mt. Hood to go snowshoeing with @mazamaspdx as a part of our Passport Oregon program. This was our second Passport Oregon trip of the year and we enjoyed a day of hiking, sledding and snow ball fights.
Thank you Mazamas for the wonderful day!
A huge thank you to the Maybelle Clark MacDonald Fund for generously donating $20,000 to support our Ready, Set, Read! Community Literacy Program.
Ready, Set, Read!, which started in 2017, empowers families to improve their literacy skills. With one-on-one tutoring, ongoing assessment, and community engagement, families receive the support they need to develop their literacy skills. We saw significant positive results with the program in 2018 and the number of students in our program reading at grade level doubled!
This impactful program would not be possible without this generous support! Thank you to the MCM Fund for positively impacting the lives of our Scholar Athletes and their families.
Another thank you to Intel, Oregon Community Foundation, Wells Fargo, KCura Gifts, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Ross Stores, Umpqua Bank Community Giving, SMART and the Clark Foundation who have supported this important program. We appreciate you!
On Sunday 2/24 we hosted our annual Supporter Appreciation Party at the St. Johns Racquet Center. It was an evening filled with tennis and tacos while we celebrated the generosity of our community. Thank you so much to all of our supporters! We could not do the work that we do with our Scholar Athletes without you! We hope to see you at the SJRC sometime soon!