US Squash announced the launch of the Senior Class of 2022 Gift initiative at the unveiling of the Senior Class Gift permanent exhibit during a special ceremony held during the U.S. Junior Squash Championships at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center Saturday, March 18.
This year’s Class Gift Initiative continues the momentum created by the founding of the concept by the Class of 2020, and the generosity shown last season by members of the Class of 2021. The Senior Class Gift strengthens the junior squash community by allowing graduating classes to come together in celebration of their achievements, on and off the court, and support the future of US Squash’s junior development programs.
A formal ribbon-cutting during a ceremony on the second day of the Junior Nationals was led by Genie Logue, the Class Gift of 2022 Chair and Soo Venkatesan, the US Squash Board Chair. They were joined by representatives of the 2020 and 2021 Class Gift Parent Ambassadors, Ruchira Glaser and Sean and Elizabeth Carney. The exhibit—located prominently on the first floor of the Specter Center adjacent to court 13—will highlight Class Gift supporters on an annual basis and directly connects the graduating senior class to the world’s largest community squash center, home of Team USA and host facility for major U.S. championship events.
“US Squash is deeply grateful and humbled by the generosity of the junior community through an extraordinary time in our country’s history, said Soo Venkatesan, US Squash Board Chair. “The world was in turmoil in 2020, and 2021 was perhaps even more turbulent for everyone. I want to thank Jen Mackesy for conceiving of the inaugural class gift concept in her role as Chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee, Genie Logue for her early and ongoing partnership in shaping the initiative, and the many Parent Ambassador volunteers and supporters who stepped forward in a time of great need to make the vision of an enduring class gift into a reality–it made a meaningful difference.”
To celebrate the Class of 2022, US Squash is featuring reflections from graduating seniors on their junior squash careers. Read the first installment here.
Please consider supporting the junior squash community that means so much to all of us by contributing today to the 2022 Class Gift campaign.
To allow inclusion of as many graduating seniors from the Class of 2022 as possible, all contributions made to this initiative, regardless of amount, will be recognized in the name of the Class of 2022 player. Recognition of the player’s name will occur both on the Class Gift exhibit at the Specter Center and on the US Squash website.
US Squash will recognize contributors as both Class of 2022 Gift donors and Annual Fund donors at special levels of any amount up to $500, gifts of $500, and leadership levels of $1,000, $2,022, $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 or more.
In addition, checks may be made out to US Squash, noting “Class of 2022” and mailed to US Squash, P.O. Box 38610, Philadelphia PA 19104
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