US Squash Officials Lead LA28 Community Meetings as Sport Envisions Olympic Future

Area pros, administrators, and volunteers met at the LA84 Foundation to discuss the future of squash in Southern California.

Senior US Squash officials traveled to Los Angeles for a series of meetings with the local squash community to discuss the impact of squash’s inclusion in the LA28 Olympic Games and start the process of shaping a vision for the future of squash in the region, January 17-18. 

The meetings marked US Squash’s first with the local squash community since it was announced the sport would join the LA28 Olympic Sports Program in October.

On Wednesday, January 17, the Los Angeles Athletic Club hosted an open meeting with more than 120 members of the LA squash community. US Squash President & CEO Kevin Klipstein and US Squash Chief of Sport Development Ned Edwards discussed the potential for squash expansion initiatives in the region and envisioning squash’s Olympic legacy.

Access Youth Academy’s Renato Paiva and SoCal District President Paul Buck both spoke to ongoing and future grassroots efforts throughout LA. Paiva shared exciting developments of Access Youth Academy‘s expansion into LA and its new community youth squash programming. Buck reported on the growing momentum of the PlayLA Youth Squash Program that has been ongoing since fall of 2022 in partnership with Los Angeles Recreation and Parks. 

The following morning, key stakeholders in Southern California met at the LA84 Foundation to coordinate on community programs, area marketing and a strategic plan to drive the growth of squash in the region.