Creating Scholar Athletes: Tennis & Education

Goal: $ 10000

No of Donation: 85

 

 

Goal: $ 10000
Amount Raised: $ 4954
Remaining : $ 5046
No of Donation : 85
Category : Education
Url : http://www.pastande.org
Contact Number : 503-489-9778
Address : 7519 N Burlington Ave
State : Portland
City : OR
Country : US
Zipcode : 97203

Challenge

An at-risk child is in danger of not getting the best education possible; their families may not have had positive experiences at school, and they are more vulnerable to the impact of peer pressure in their daily life. In Portland Oregon the public school graduation rate is only 62% with low-income students at just 56%. And in the St. Johns community where PAST&E is located 85% of students receive free or reduced lunch at school and gang activity is on the rise.

Solution

Portland After-School Tennis & Education (PAST&E) is a nonprofit whose mission is to create partnerships with families, schools, and volunteers to help at-risk K-12 students achieve academic and athletic success. We accomplish this through one-on-one academic tutoring, tennis lessons, a nutrition/fitness curriculum, parent education, and a "Best in Class" development program serving junior players who excel at tennis. Through our extended-learning, summer, and enrichment programs, we impacted the lives of more than 1,000 children and their families in 2014 and have served more than 7,000 over time.
"A tennis center in my mind is really a means of socializing the youth who use it, to help build character, self confidence, enhance their self image." Arthur Ashe We use tennis, a sport for life, as a vehicle for change for at-risk youth from low income families at PAST&E in Portland, OR. Making tennis accessible to low income children has served as a catalyst to build a team environment involving parents, teachers, coaches and volunteers who are dedicated to the development of each child.

Long-Term Impact

Our long-term impact can be described in 3 ways: 1. Participants practice the fundamental skills for athletic and academic success in elementary and middle school, then in high school they become leaders and mentors in our PAST&E program. 2. Through our parent tennis lessons and low-cost junior tournaments, tennis is accessible and able to unite families in the long term. 3. By managing our own tennis facility PAST&E provides a second home and employment opportunities to our families.

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