A History of Leadership

The history of squash in the United States is one of unparalleled leadership, innovation and excellence.

We were the first country in the world to establish a national federation and the first to start a National Women’s Squash Association. We invented the game of squash doubles and were first in the world to host junior tournaments.

We created the world’s first inter-club squash league, hosted the first professional squash event and were the first to televise squash. We were the first nation to set the standard of full parity in prize money for women competing professionally. And we opened the first public commercial club in Berwyn, PA in 1973.

Increasingly, the U.S. is taking a leadership role in the sport globally, and the world squash community is counting on the U.S. to succeed in driving access and awareness for the sport. And US Squash has a track record of innovation and success. Strategic long-term investments have yielded a global technology platform (Club Locker), an end-to-end high performance development pipeline, and the opening of the Specter Center, the world’s largest community squash center.

The Specter Center will enable US Squash to lead and learn by example, to pilot broad community access at a visible and ambitious scale. Critically, the center will help US Squash expand community-based facilities that engage a broad and diverse constituency by serving as a model for community engagement and access.

The Specter Center’s dual focus on access and excellence offers a rare opportunity to serve as this model, while also providing world-class experiences in the sport and financial stability to the organization.