Urban Squash Cleveland’s B U-15 Team places 5th in Urban Team Nationals at Harvard!

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. IMAG2437 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. IMAG2448_1 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.