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Press: Urban Students Take Their Best Shots At Squash
Feb 25, 2014 by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press
What Is SquashSmarts?
Founded in 2001, SquashSmarts is a free intensive out-of-school time program changing the lives of Philadelphia’s public school students. SquashSmarts is a 501c3 non-profit academic and athletic mentoring program with a proven track record of keeping kids in school, in shape, and on track for graduation.
SquashSmarts works with 6th-12th grade students who are selected based on commitment, effort and attitude, not athletic or academic ability. Operating out of two facilities, the Lenfest Center (North Philadelphia) and Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center (West Philadelphia), students attend practices three days each week focusing on SquashSmarts’ Five Pillars: (1) Academic Support, (2) Squash Instruction, (3) Fitness and Nutrition, (4) Personal Achievement, and (5) Leadership. Students also participate in competitive squash opportunities, community service projects, cultural outings, and special events.
A seven-year commitment to each child ensures long-term success by providing a team, a family, a safety net and a sense of belonging. Strong one-on-one relationships with staff and volunteers are the key to fostering every child’s success and breaking the cycle of Philadelphia’s public school drop-out rate. Put simply, SquashSmarts is giving kids their best shot!
What Do Students Say About SquashSmarts?
An Award-Winning After School Program
2013 S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year
The National Council of Youth Sports and AIG Insurance
2010 & 2013 Grant Award Recipient The Pew Charitable Trusts
2012 Host to Michelle Obama "Let's Move!" Anti-Obesity Initiative
2010 Robert P. Levy Service Award The Philadelphia Sports Congress
2009 Champion-in-Action Citizens Bank, NBC10, The Philadelphia Inquirer