Celebrating the Class of 2024: Third Installment

Thousands of junior squash players of all levels across the country compete and enjoy squash as a regular part of their lives. Each year, hundreds graduate from junior squash while retaining the values practiced in the sport, the close and enduring friendships they have formed, and with an enduring love for squash as a lifelong sport.

Beginning in 2020, US Squash has celebrated the graduating senior class by publishing personal reflections from players on their junior squash careers, and what they look forward to in their next chapter in life and squash.

Below is the first installment for 2024 of this ongoing series. If you are a Class of 2024 high school senior and have not already submitted your own picture and reflection, please follow these instructions to do so.

Please consider honoring members of the Class of 2024 while supporting US Squash’s junior development programs by making a gift to the 2024 Senior Class Gift Initiative. Learn more here.

When I was 8, I picked up a squash racket for the first time, and immediately fell in love with the sport. I never could have imagined that I would be continuing my athletic journey into college. Squash has had such a positive effect on my mindset, work ethic, and overall mental and physical health, along with introducing me to an amazing country-wide community of players and coaches. I would not be where I am today without the support from my parents and coaches, and I am looking forward to joining the world of college squash! 
The game of squash and being part of the squash community have played an important role in my life. Squash has allowed me to challenge myself and learn to adapt and overcome obstacles. Without squash, I would not have connected with so many amazing people and friends I know today. My coaches are some of the greatest role models in my life. They have not just taught me about the game but have supported me and set an example of kindness and excitement for learning that inspires me and future generations. Lastly, despite some of the tough times playing a sport brings, I am so grateful that squash is a part of my life that brings me joy. I am thankful I found this passion because otherwise, I would not be who I am today. 
Graeme Herbert | AMHERST COLLEGE
I have been playing squash for most of my life and have had the pleasure of playing competitively. Over the years I have met some great people who will be lifelong friends. I’m happy to continue playing squash at Amherst and am looking forward to the next four years of squash.