Graduating junior squash players Molly Stoltz and Rehan Luthra were presented with the 2022 DeRoy Sportsmanship Awards during the 2022 Junior Awards Night at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center Saturday, March 19.
Since 1998, the DeRoy Sportsmanship Award has honored one female and male graduating high school senior who displayed exemplary behavior on and off the court, while competing at a high level of junior squash.
Stoltz, a Bronxville, New York native, will attend Harvard University in the fall after graduating from Bronxville High School.
“Junior squash has been a really amazing experience for me,” Stoltz said. “My life wouldn’t be the same without US Squash, I’m sure of that. Junior squash has given me so much over the years, I’ve travelled around the world with my family and friends. I’ve met so many people from across the country and the world that I never would have without squash and I’m truly grateful to the sport for that.”
Luthra, a Kirkland, Washington native, will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall after graduating from Sammamish High School.
“I’d like to thank my coaches Shabana and Azam Khan who developed the squash community in Seattle from the ground up,” Luthra said. “In addition to the technical parts of the game they teach the values of respect, gratitude and sportsmanship. I have always aspired to live up to these values on the court. As Azam always says, squash allows the competitors to display their purest form of squash in a fun and enjoyable manner. As a part of U.S. junior squash, healthy and respectful competition on court while building camaraderie off court has helped me grow as a person and our community. Even as we fiercely pushed each other on court to become better players, my peers and I developed strong friendships, friendships that only grew stronger as the years passed. To me, having sportsmanship being the first aspect being described as a part of my game is the highest compliment in junior squash.”