Bearcats will Host Tennis Clinic for Portland After School Tennis and Education Academy

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

PORTLAND, ORE. -- Willamette University men's tennis coaches will lead a free tennis clinic for the Portland After School Tennis and Education Academy (PAST&E Academy) on Monday, Aug. 9, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Portland Tennis Center. The clinic is for high school students from low-income families throughout the Portland area who attend the PAST&E Academy.

Head Coach Toby Krauel, Assistant Coach Own Suagee, senior Matt Houser (Vancouver, WA/Evergreen HS) and former Bearcats player Fitz Paccione '08 (Encinitas, CA/Cathedral Catholic HS) will conduct the clinic, known as Willamette Bearcat Day at the PAST&E Academy. Paccione has been working with the PAST&E Academy for the past year. Houser began working at the Academy this summer.

The Academy provides an environment for high school students to become stronger students as well as better athletes. Tennis is used as the medium to present the message that academic and athletic success are important and that both activities can lead to a better life.

"The main purpose of the program is to provide these youngsters with the skills necessary to be successful in life ... and tennis is an added bonus," Houser said. "Many kids see us as talented tennis players, but soon realize that we use tennis to supplement our education."

Matt Houser will be a senior for the Bearcats in 2010-11. He is working with students at the PAST&E Academy this summer.

Matt Houser will be a senior for the Bearcats in 2010-11. He is working with students at the PAST&E Academy this summer.