Following the momentum of the 2021 U.S. Open Squash Championships presented by Truist and grand opening of the Arlen Specter US Squash Center over the past week, US Squash celebrates World Squash Day Saturday, October 9, with events throughout the country and world the goal of bringing both new and regular players on court after a trying year.
The Specter Center will host a full day of activity with an adult academy, junior clinic and World Squash Day round robin and free clinic for new and beginning players.
World Squash Day was born in the U.S. to honor the memory of the large number of squash players who lost their lives in the attacks on 9/11. One of the highlights this year includes special appearances by some of the world’s leading stars at the world’s first outdoor steel court in New York to support plans to build open-air facilities to increase the visibility of the sport.
Egypt’s world No. 2 Mohamed ElShorbagy will be joining Indian stars Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa, plus New Zealand’s Joelle King, in a day of exhibitions taking place at the Maspeth steel court in Queens.
The project is supported by the PSA Foundation, which is also involved in numerous other outdoor projects including two courts planned for Chicago and a four-court centre now up and running in El Salvador.
“We wanted this 20th anniversary World Squash Day to be the most important yet as an opportunity to bring the global squash community together behind this great campaign,” said Zena Wooldridge, World Squash Federation President. “The response of squash nations across the world has been hugely encouraging, and we look forward to seeing the many amazing stories of all generations of players having fun as World Squash Day rolls out across the globe on Saturday.”
World Squash Day organiser Alan Thatcher, from England, said: “It’s great to see so much energy going into so many fantastic events and projects taking place and being launched on Saturday. The events promoting outdoor courts are particularly exciting.”
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For more information visit worldsquashday.net.