Urban Squash Cleveland took a team of 10 young squash players at the end of January to the Urban Team Nationals, held in Philadelphia at the Universities of Drexell and U Penn.
The Boys U-17 team had a great run and finished 4th in their division, after some really close battles, while the Girls U-17 team ended up reaching an impressive 3rd place in their event! Both teams played with tremendous courage and intensity, and more importantly, they displayed a high level of camaradery and sportsmanship throughout their matches.
During this fun-filled weekend, the team was able to visit some classics of the city, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exciting event had over 500 players from NUSEA programs accross the country!
On behalf of the Urban Squash Cleveland kids, we would like to thank you so much for supporting them through the 2016 Racquets Rally. On November 6, the fun filled Rally took place at the Cleveland Racquet Club, raising more than $110,000 for the program! This event was our biggest and most successful to date at USC.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your generous support!
Where do 20 kids go to build cars, pet stingrays, explore castles, and talk to bankers? Urban Squash Cleveland's 2016 Summer Camp! We had four action-packed weeks where the name of the game was experiential learning, and with over 21 field trips we lived up to that promise. Daily squash lessons by Squash Director Ron Koenig anddaily academic lessons provided the foundation for a highly productive summer program.
The two USC team members travelled to Princeton University at the end of July. Ryan and Edward had the opportunity to spend an entire week in this amazing college campus, train with international pros, and make friends with fellow squashers from all over the country!
This summer, Michael Bradley traveled to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where he had an unforgettable experience in an international squash camp with kids from the US, Spain, England and Portugal.
For 15 days, Michael worked on his squash, his fitness, Spanish language skills, and was able to visit some of the beautiful locations in the region of Galicia. He made friends from all over the World and brought back some great memories to Cleveland.
This opportunity reflects the kind of exposure that the organization works to provide its team members!
Five USC players recently participated in the National Urban Squash and Education Association’s (NUSEA) most important annual Urban Squash Team Competition, the Team Nationals, which took place at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the weekend of January 15th - 17th.
The National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA) hosted a total of more than 450 Urban Squash Players from the country’s nineteen different NUSEA organizations that run programs across the United States - transforming the lives for inner-city youth.
Urban Squash Cleveland is in its 5th
year of programming and serves a total of 35 students from four different city Schools: Entrepreneurial Preparatory School (Cliffs and Woodland Hills), John Hay High School of Science and Medicine and Urban Community School. USC’s mission is to combine the fundamental of tournament squash with high academic standards through mentoring. Leigh Digel, president of USC’s Board of Directors, said, “Our core mission is to provide a fun, lifetime sport and inspire young boys and girls to achieve their dreams through sportsmanship and academic achievement.” The model works nationally relative to the very high graduation rate from high school (97%) and admissions to highly selective colleges and universities.
Cleveland’s team comprised of Michael Bradley, Edward Whitfield, Ryan Reid, Shamarr Rollins and Elijah Dorroh. Fourteen teams of the boys’ under-15 division competed. “Our dedicated group of boys played with extraordinary energy, focus and fantastic sportsmanship courage throughout the weekend. I’m so proud of their accomplishments with the Urban Squash Program,” remarked Iago Cornes, Executive Director of Urban Squash Cleveland. Cornes added, “Their determination allowed them to achieve 5th
place after some highly challenging and contested matches, including a nail-biting last match with the SquashSmarts team (Philadelphia) for the fifth position.
The Cleveland players who traveled to Boston enjoyed the prestigious squash tournament and all took part in academic workshops and visited many notable landmarks, including Harvard University’s most famous John Harvard statue and Boston’s Natural History Museum.