PT&E in the News

This week PT&E’s scholar athletes and staff were recognized for their hard work and dedication by KATU News. In their Leaders in Learning piece, KATU celebrated our organization for it’s success and showed the passion with which staff and students work and play. Coach Steph and Coach Mikayla answered questions about our program and two of our students, Sophie and Alan, had the chance to share their thoughts as well. You can see the full article and the cute 3 minute video here!

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Five of Our Students Received a Student of the Month Award in September

Congratulations to Chris, Ayleen, Cloe, Eddie, and Vittoria who were awarded with Student of the Month by their school! This marks a great first month back for our after-school program and serves as an inspiration to continue working hard with our scholar athletes. Our winners were selected among the other students in their classrooms for their exemplary effort, participation, and behavior. They are excited to have the opportunity to represent their school and PT&E and we are very proud of them!!!

2019 NJTL Essay Contest Winners

The PT&E community is proud to announce that seven of our scholar athletes were selected as section winners for the 2019 NJTL Essay Contest! The topic of this years contest was: “This year marks the 50th anniversary of NJTL. What specific impact do you hope your chapter can make in your community today that you would want remembered 50 years from now?”

All of our students wrote beautiful essays about the impact that PT&E has had on them, their families, and their community. Seven of these essays were recognized by the The National Junior Tennis and Learning network and the scholar athletes were awarded and celebrated last week by their peers. The winners are: Brenda, Martin, Christian, Sophie, Damion, Ema, and Rosie.

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First Week of PT&E’s After School Program

We are happy to announce that our kids are back for our year round after school program, which stared this Tuesday, September 10th!

Many of our students moved up to new classrooms and we have a lot of scholar athletes who joined us for the first time during our Serving up Success Summer Program joining us for the academic year. Everyone was excited to meet their new classmates and to start building the best learning environment for themselves and their classmates this week. The kids loved the changes that have taken place and are very supportive of their younger friends who have just moved up to a new classroom.

During our first day back, the scholar athletes worked in small groups to come up with and put together expectations and community guidelines for each classroom. Now that the guidelines are set, the scholar athletes have created an environment where they can be safe, learn, grow and have fun!

Serving up Success Summer Program ends

On Thursday, 8/23, we wrapped up our Summer Program with an end of summer party and Todos Tenis play day! Over 100 people celebrated the hard-work of our scholar athletes this summer with a potluck and two hours of tennis. We gave away t-shirts, books, and school supplies at this evening of fun!

The theme of this summer’s program was “Kids in College”. Our Scholar Athletes had the opportunity to choose their classes and learn about subjects they were interested over the course of a three, 3-week terms. Students took classes like “Media and Society”, “The Human Body”, “Going Green” and “Healthy Bodies”.

We added 20 new students this summer and many of them will be joining us for our programming during the academic year. Each student spent 200+ hours learning, exploring and playing at PT&E this summer. They are heading into the school year prepared for success.

A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who supported us this summer, our parents who helped us cooked, our staff for all of their hard work and our donors who made the program possible with their generous support. We are excited for the school year and look forward to seeing our scholar athletes continue to grow and flourish!

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Passport Oregon & Passion Impact Go to the Oregon Coast

We wrapped up our summer cohort of Passport Oregon with our biggest trip ever! 29 of us packed two vans to spend a day at Oceanside exploring caves and tide pools, playing in the waves and enjoying a relaxing Friday at the coast. Thank you Passion Impact for collaborating with us on this wonderful and invigorating trip.

64 people have been on Passport Oregon trips in 2019, the most of any year ever! We will be kicking off our fall cohort in late September and are excited to be partnering with Family Promise of Beaverton. If you are interested in volunteering or supporting Passport Oregon email outreach@ptande.org today!

Thank you for all of your support!

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Chase Return the Serve Tennis Fun Day

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:

Todos Tenis is Back!

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!

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Passport Oregon Spring Cohort

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 outreach@ptande.org. Trips will be starting in late June and running through August!

Here are a few photos from our trips this spring:

Rosie and Ristom Compete at OSAA State Tournament

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!

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