Family Guitar Workshop

On Saturday, 3/11, Bob Howard and Beth Wood led a Family Guitar Workshop at the St. John's Racquet Center. Our scholar athletes and their families had a chance to learn from two exceptional local professionals and enjoyed an creating music with one another.

They will be showing off their guitar skills at a family recital at Artichoke Music on June 4th!

A huge thank you to Bob and Beth for donating their time to bring joy to our families through music. Volunteers like Bob and Beth are vital to the success of our organization and provide our scholar athletes with skills to enrich their lives.

2017 High School Tennis Coaches Workshop

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.

National Girls and Women In Sports Day

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!

Scholar Athletes of PT&E Hone in on Their Tennis Skills

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!

 

 

Meeting the Pros at the PowerShares Series!

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!

Tribute to Harry Merlo

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.

 

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.