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East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring to leave Stanford campus

Original post made on Jun 3, 2017

After providing tennis lessons, tutoring and support to disadvantaged youth for more than 20 years on the Stanford University campus, East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring will have to find a new home in 2019.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 2, 2017, 3:45 PM

Comments (5)

Posted by SP
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 3, 2017 at 3:43 pm

The article missed the impact that EPATT has had on Stanford students. Being on campus has made it much easier for students to volunteer with the organization and be impacted by the stories and lives of the kids. The impact of EPATT is two-way.

Moving back to East Palo Alto will make it MUCH more difficult for Stanford students to be involved. The distance is not that far, but trying to get to East Palo Alto from Stanford between 3pm and 7pm on a weeknight can take well over an hour due to the traffic. Bicycling and walking is faster, but many students, especially females, do not feel safe on that route, and in particular with the news of the problems downtown Palo Alto is having with flashers and muggers, its going to be difficult for EPATT to get the needed volunteers.

Posted by Resident One
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2017 at 10:01 am

Here are my thoughts I'm sure not appreciated is that Little East Palo Alto is only in distance a 2.6 mile city. One, East Palo Alto is the most dense city in San Mateo County with upwards of 15,000 people per square mile. If EPATT plans on coming to East Palo Alto they need to understand city economics. There are so many schools churches and my goodness community based organizations there isn't room for one more - no joke don't care how good you are or how many students you're serving. East Palo Alto must take a stand to become economically viable or with all these non-profit uses we will be broke and poorer. Two, solution - partner with like entities like schools and churches to find a location. And please don't ask the city to kick in. We are tired of CBO's and Shelter folks asking for our tax dollars. Not all services have to fall into EPA. Let Menlo Park fund and house something. Too much of a good thing has turned EPA into a trap for people to come from as far away as Santa Cruz to come to EPA for help and services while making our city less likely to succeed with a downtown and industry for employment. You could argue EPATT is a funnel for new tech workers and I agree. There are just too many CBO's here now. Third, and this won't happen but if EPA takes on a new CBO one less active needs to leave. That's it in a nutshell.... ah tennis ball!

Posted by Used to love Stanford
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 6, 2017 at 11:15 am

Stanford's reputation has gone downhill for some years, when it became more interested in development and big money, and hired a former Palo Alto councilmember to lead the onslaught. She has a nice sounding title that disguises her real expertise.

They need space for aggressive, violent sports like football? For shame.
Stanford, I used to love you.

Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 6, 2017 at 12:16 pm

What does football have to do with the use of tennis facilities? The article says that the tennis teams need more time on their own courts.

Like it or not, a big portion of Stanford's athletic department revenue comes from the Pac-12 tv network --- which comes from football broadcasts. No football, no TV contract, no funding of all of the no-profit sports such as tennis.

Posted by Danice Brown
a resident of another community
on Jun 7, 2017 at 8:11 am

EPATT has been a beacon light of inspiration for the other 550 National Junior Tennis & Learning(NJTL) Chapters located across the United States. NJTL Chapters like Portland Tennis & Education were modeled after the program that was created to benefit and enrich the lives underserved children. Stanford University's student body has been EPATT's primary source of volunteer tutors, who have benefited because they have had the opportunity to get involved in volunteer service "because the opportunity was located on campus". David Higaki, Executive Director and his talented team at EPATT have given Stanford University students an "on-campus training ground for a life-changing community service." I have no doubt that EPATT will find a way to continue the incredible work they do to benefit the lives of underserved children and their families. And, when it is all said and done, it will be Stanford University's greatest loss. Danice Brown, Executive Director, Portland Tennis & Education

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