Nike Visits PT&E and They Brought Books!

Christmas came early to the Scholar Athletes at PT&E yesterday when 16 employees from Nike visited our after school program! The employees from Nike had the chance to experience a typical day at program as they helped with homework and played tennis with our Scholar Athletes.

On top of that our friends from Nike brought special books (or in some cases a few books) for every single one of our Scholar Athletes. Each Scholar Athlete submitted their reading interests and employees at Nike had the chance to pick a Scholar Athlete so the books they received were just what they love to read.

A huge thank you to the Nike employees who came and spent time with our Scholar Athletes! We are also very grateful to those who could not come to program but still donated these meaningful books.

It was another great day at PT&E!


Tennis Legend James Blake Visits PT&E

Our Scholar Athletes had the privilege of meeting the US Tennis Legend James Blake when he visited PT&E on Friday, November 2nd!

James met with our Scholar Athletes, played tennis with PT&E donors, answered questions and shared his incredible success story. It was a wonderful opportunity for our Scholar Athletes!

Thank you to the donors at the 3rd Annual Gala who made a generous donation to help fund James Blake’s visit to PT&E.

The donors had the chance to meet James Blake and play doubles with him and our Scholar Athletes were thrilled to watch a former pro play. After playing tennis James answered questions from our Scholar Athletes and shared how hard work, positivity and perseverance led him to where he is today. Following the Q&A session our Scholar Athletes had the chance to show off their skills on the court playing with and against James.

It was truly an honor to meet James. Thank you James and to everyone who made this inspiring day possible!

PT&E Scholar Athletes Celebrate Trail Blazers Foundation Grant at the Moda Center

PT&E was thrilled to receive a generous grant from the Trail Blazers Foundation. To celebrate this honor Coach Mikayla and two hard-working Scholar Athletes attended the Blazers v. Timberwolves game on 11/4 to represent PT&E and enjoy a Blazers victory.

Chris and Brenda were selected as the Scholar Athletes to attend the game after winning a writing competition among all of the older Scholar Athletes at PT&E. Chris wrote a poem and Brenda wrote an essay about why sports are important to them. They had a wonderful time cheering the Blazers on to victory!

Go PT&E and go Trail Blazers!

Last Passport Oregon Trip of the Year

This weekend our Scholar Athletes went looking for Sasquatch while exploring the Ape Caves with Passport Oregon!

13 of our Scholar Athletes and two coaches climbed through a nearly mile long cave, using flash lights and head lamps to guide the way, before enjoying a delicious lunch on Yale Lake in front of Mt. St Helens. 
It was an awesome way to wrap up our fall adventures and our biggest Passport Oregon trip yet!

PT&E High School Academy Student Work Shadow

Yesterday all of our staff dressed up as their favorite super heroes for Halloween but on Tuesday Rosie, a senior in our high school academy, had the chance to visit a real life hero!

Rosie spent the evening shadowing "Coach Lu" at Randall Children's Hospital, where Lu works as a nurse in the Neonatal ICU (intensive care unit).

Luehna is one of the hundreds of scholar athletes who have benefited from PT&E. She was a member of the PT&E High School Academy and honed her academic and tennis skills at St. John's Racquet Center before graduating from Benson High School in 2011. She attended Linfield College where she received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and then came back to be a coach tutor at PT&E before continuing her career in medicine.

As Rosie quickly approaches graduation she is thrilled to have the opportunity to shadow PT&E alumni like Coach Lu who are living fulfilling and productive lives. Rosie plans to attend college next year and may pursue a degree in nursing just like our beloved Coach Lu!

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Tennis Ball 2018

WE SENT OUR BELOVED COACH DANICE OFF INTO RETIREMENT IN STYLE! On Saturday, October 13th, we hosted our 3rd Annual Tennis Ball Gala. The night was filled with joy as we celebrated the illustrious career and impact of our recently retired Executive Director Danice Brown and raised money to support our Scholar Athletes. There was delicious food, fine wine, live and silent auctions, speeches and a surprise dance performance from our Scholar. We are excited to announce that... THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF OUR SUPPORTERS WE RAISED OVER $130,000 TO SUPPORT OUR SCHOLAR ATHLETES! Their investment means the world to the children and families who benefit from our academic, athletics, and life-skills programming! PT&E takes a well-rounded approach to improving the welfare of our community’s children, and your contributions give our Scholar Athletes the opportunity to receive the support they need to succeed in school and beyond. None of it would be possible without your support! Thank you to everyone who made this magical night possible and an extra special thank you to the one and only Coach Danice for everything that you have done to make PT&E what it is today!

PT&E Families Honor Coach Danice and Send Her Into Retirement in Style

On October 6th PT&E Scholar Athletes and their families, board members, staff and former staff, and friends gathered together to celebrate the amazing work our beloved Coach Danice has done for our organization. Her 11 years of service and leadership as Executive Director of PT&E has seen the organization transform into a holistic year-round program that impacts the lives of 1,500 kids each year.

There was no way we could properly honor Coach Danice but we did our best as we rang in her retirement with a night of revelry. It was an evening filled with joy and reminiscing as we enjoyed delicious food made by our PT&E families, listened to music played by Scholar Athletes and of course, played tennis. Court 2 at the St. Johns Racquet Center was renamed Coach Danice’s Court and Danice played the first point on the newly dedicated court (she ripped a shot past our new Executive Director Jorge Fuenmayor).

Words cannot express how much we love and appreciate you Coach Danice. You have impacted the lives of every single member of the PT&E family. Have fun in retirement, you deserve it. We know we will see you back at the St. Johns Racquet Center soon!

Check-out these photos from the evening as well as a few throwbacks from Danice’s 11 years at the helm of PT&E.

adidas Unveils T-shirts Designed by PT&E Scholar Athletes

Two adidas staff members visited PT&E on Friday, October 5th, to unveil our Summer Slam Series T-shirts. Two of our Scholar Athletes, Bryan and Destiny, worked in conjunction with a team of designers at adidas to create these special shirts inspired by the “road trip” we took during program this summer.

We are very thankful for adidas who generously donated their time and resources to make these shirts a reality and to Destiny and Bryan who worked hard to create these masterpieces. As you can see from the smiles on the faces of our Scholar Athletes they were very excited for their new swag!

KPMG Volunteers Visit PT&E

Yesterday our Scholar Athletes welcomed a group of volunteers from the KPMG Portland office to our after school program. Together the Scholar Athletes and volunteers developed skits about fall, worked on a collaborative art project and of course played tennis!

Our Scholar Athletes had a wonderful time getting to know our volunteers and showing off what PT&E is all about.

Thank you to everyone from KPMG who made this day possible. We hope to see you all soon!