Squash is often seen as an elitist sport played in the Ivy Leagues colleges and private clubs, Urban Squash in the U.S. changes this idea.
What is urban squash?
Urban squash is a youth development model that combines the sport of squash with academics, mentoring, community service, and college placement for public school students in under-served communities. Its intensive, year-round programming, which takes places after school and on the weekends and in the summer, engages students from the time they try out in elementary or middle school until they graduate from college.To bring squash to the community and use it to help young people from under privileged backgrounds to get into college.
The National Urban Squash + Education Association (NUSEA) founded in 2005 nine years after the first Urban Squash Program was started in Boston, in 1996. Other cities followed the Boston initiative, but there was no over all organization for guidance, so NUSEA was formed. NUSEA helps support the creation, development and improvement of urban squash and education programs across the United States and around the world.
Other Urban Squash programs which are under the NUSEA:
StreetSquash, founded in September 1999, is a youth program that combines academic tutoring, squash instruction, community service, college preparation, leadership development, and mentoring for public school students in Harlem, NY and Newark, NJ.
Watch a video of what Street Squash is all about
Mission Squash was launched in Houston in January 2013, the program aims to give youth from underprivileged homes the opportunity to make a better future for themselves. From 6th through 12th grade, Mission Squash provides students with at least 100 hours of supervised academic support throughout the school year (approximately three hours per week), comprised of individual tutoring and homework help.