Your Serve: Seattle Tennis and Education Foundation

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A newly-formed nonprofit engages area elementary and middle school students through a mix of tennis and mentorship

Championing and partnering with organizations that support at-risk and underserved youth is the core focus of our philanthropic efforts. It’s a critical mission at a time when a staggering number of individuals and families in the Seattle area grapple with economic insecurity, homelessness, or a lack of community resources, despite the rapid growth and relative prosperity seen in many corners of our city.

With that in mind, we’re proud to share the inspiring work of the Seattle Tennis and Education Foundation (STEF), a newly-formed nonprofit that is part of the National Junior Tennis and Learning network established by Arthur Ashe in 1969. STEF, which engages elementary and middle school students through a mix of tennis and mentorship, seeks to use the initial bond formed by a shared activity to build long-lasting relationships with the children and their families and to stress the importance and value of lifelong education.

Seattle Tennis and Education Foundation

For Colin Plank, founder of STEF and a member of the Brighton Jones community, the commitment to the organization and its work goes well beyond the simple notion of volunteering. Colin has devoted time, talent, and treasure to ensure that STEF is an active and impactful presence in the lives of those it serves. “I am honored to lead an organization that supports these Seattle children, whom we see shine every time they step into the classroom or onto the court,” Colin said.

Can you lend a hand? STEF has volunteer opportunities for individuals who want to get involved:

  • Do you play tennis and have some flexibility in the afternoon to work directly with students on and off the court?
  • Do you have a passion for board committee work centered on fundraising, outreach, or publicity?

For more information, please contact Executive Director Christina Broadwin at You can also donate online. If you would like to hear more about the organization and connect with its leadership, join us on Thursday, June 14 at Brighton Jones for a Lunch & Learn session with Colin and Christina. Please RSVP by June 11.

On behalf of STEF, thanks for your support!

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