Winter Break Tennis Clinics

Our scholar athletes returned to school yesterday and although they had two weeks off for winter break many were hard at work. Throughout the vacations they came to the SJRC for our Winter Break Tennis Camps to work on their games, improve their fitness and have fun!
"The tennis camps were my favorite part of winter break," said Coach Franklin. "It was great to have scholar athletes developing their skills and working hard during the holidays."

A special thank you to coaches Franklin, Ian, Vu, Eric, John, Fitz, Ben and Andrew (who is a D1 player and tennis captain at Utah State) for making the Winter Break Tennis Camps possible for our Scholar Athletes and the public!

To avoid a "brain freeze" over the holidays our scholar athletes and their families earned points for prizes by participating in the Winter Break Challenge, which promotes time with family, encourages out-of-school learning, and maintains healthy habits.

Here are a few pictures of our scholar athletes working on their games. The grind never stops!

PT & E Visit Fire Station 22

On December 12th five of our little chimps visited Portland Fire Station 22, that serves the St. Johns and Cathedral Park neighborhood. Our scholar athletes learned fire safety tips, got to meet our local firefighters and ask them questions and play around on the rig.

“The little chimps had a blast learning from and getting to meet the firefighters" said Coach Steph who accompanied the scholar athletes on the visit.

“The firefighters were really cool" proclaimed Jordan who was one of the lucky scholar athletes who got to visit the station. 

Here are some pictures from the trip!

PT&E at the PNW Junior Sectionals!

The PT&E Scholar Athletes played in the PNW Junior Intermediate Sectionals this past weekend on December 8-10th. They have not played in any tournaments since the Summer Junior Advanced Sectionals. We are extremely proud of the way our Scholar Athletes for the way they competed and presented themselves!

  • Miguel was able to clinch the Boys 18U Title.
  • Angel won the Boys 16U Draw.
  • Gerry made it to the Finals of the Boys 16U losing to his teammate Angel.
  • Leilani made it to the semifinals of the Girls 14U.
  • Rosie made it to the Girls 16U Quarter finals.
  • Ashley lost first round but was the finalist for the girls 12u consolations.
  • Cesar 14u and Alex 12u lost first round and made it to the quarterfinals of the consolations.

PT & E at The Oregon Public House

On November 20th PT&E was featured as the charity of the day at The Oregon Public House. Friends and families gathered in the village ballroom for a night of games, delicious food, raffles and trivia (hosted by our very own Coach Steph)! We raised over $1,000 during this night of celebration.

Special thank you to Hopworks Urban Brewery and Stormbreaker Brewing for generously donating to our event! And a huge thank you to everyone who came out to support the scholar athletes of PT&E and celebrate Coach Patrick's birthday last night!

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PT & E Wins Community Grant from the Oregon Community Foundation

PT&E is proud to be the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Community Grant Program of The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) to support our Ready, Set, Read! Community Literacy Program. This program will help our families improve their reading and writing skills through one-on-one tutoring, ongoing assessment, and community encouragement.

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships.

At PT&E we are honored to be supported by an organization that makes such an impressive positive impact on Oregon each and every year.


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!