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:

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!