Community Affiliate Network
The Community Affiliate Network (CAN) establishes more formal relationships between US Squash and facilities that advance the goals of the Community Initiative and closely align with US Squash’s mission. CAN facilities conduct programming inclusive of junior scholastic squash team programs, junior squash grassroots development and high-performance programs, squash and education programs, adult squash development, and accredited leagues, ladders, and tournaments.
Building off a strong foundation of traditional club and school-based models, squash communities of the future will be centered around multi-purpose facilities which integrate a full range of programming. These community squash centers, featuring both indoor and outdoor courts, will dramatically increase access to the sport and bring a growing and diverse community together. The Community Affiliate Network stimulates and supports the establishment of centers nationwide.
Community Affiliate Network Facilities
Atlanta Community Squash
Comprising five singles courts and one hardball doubles court, ACS provides affordable access to squash in Atlanta for all levels of play and is the new home of A+ Squash, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that transforms the lives of young people through the sport of squash and ongoing educational support.
Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA
Constructed in 2008, the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA is part of the YMCA of the North Shore association that includes five facilities north of Boston and serves nearly 55,000 collective members. With three singles courts and one doubles court, the Lynch/van Otterloo facility primarily serves 7,000 members from the communities of Marblehead, Swampscott and south Salem.
Portland Community Squash
We are a non-profit community center delivering squash, wellness, and education in Portland, ME. We seek to unite neighbors of all ages and backgrounds and to fully support youth on their journeys from elementary school into adulthood. We believe that a commitment to access, equity, and integration makes every community stronger.
Newport County YMCA
Located in Newport, Rhode Island, the Newport County YMCA (NCYMCA) will expand its facility in 2022 to include seven squash courts (six singles, one doubles) in one of the most intentional investments in squash courts and programming by a YMCA anywhere in the country. In addition to serving nearly 10,000 members, the NCYMCA has welcomed RhodySquash, an organization serving local youth, into the YMCA family and will provide the organization with dedicated space within the squash facility.
Completed in 2015, The Hussain MetroSquash Center in Woodlawn has allowed MetroSquash to double the number of students served, and the program now serves over 400 students and their families each year. In Fall 2018, MetroSquash opened a second location in Evanston to serve students just north of Chicago where they utilize academic and court space at the McGaw YMCA to offer programming for forty 6th-8th graders. MetroSquash will implement expanded programs for students from local schools in the Woodlawn community in addition to expanding student access to their core after-school programs.
Houston’s Mission Squash is the only squash facility in the country located in a public school building with its classroom and three courts providing academic and wellness support. Mission Squash is Houston’s only non-profit squash organization offering free services to low-income families. The current structure has capacity to work with sixty students. The program aims harness the sport’s rapid growth by expanding into a new stand alone facility within the next five years, which would serve up to 300 families and the greater Houston squash community..
Access Youth Academy
Access Youth Academy was created in 2006 to transform the lives of underserved youth through academic mentorship and urban squash. In a 12-year commitment that begins in 7th grade, Access students embark on a curriculum of intellectual, physical, and social development where academic enrichment, sports training, and financial support combine to help them realize their full potential.
SL Green StreetSquash Center
StreetSquash has been on the forefront of community engagement since 1999 when it became the second Squash and Education Alliance (SEA) program in the country. StreetSquash’s SL Green facility, which was built in 2008, anchors a squash hotbed in the nation’s largest city, serving local youth and families through its after-school program, providing competitive space for local universities and schools, and hosting regular New York Squash leagues and other community events.
SquashSmarts Lenfest Center
Constructed in 2007, the SquashSmarts Lenfest Center in North Philadelphia houses eight squash courts, two educational learning centers, a study lounge, locker area, common areas, meeting rooms and staff offices. As a part of the Community Affiliate Network, the Lenfest Center will now expand programming to kids and adults of all ages.
The T Squash Center
The T Squash Academy was formed in 2014 as a part of a vision to establish a viable, regional squash center in the Midwest. The initial focus and success started with the junior squash center with an emphasis on competitive squash. In joining the US Squash Community Affiliate Network, the T–in collaboration with local SEA program the Cincinnati Squash Academy–will expand its goals of increasing access to squash across the socio-economic spectrum while fostering the resulting community of juniors, parents and adult players for a sustainable future.
Urban Squash Cleveland
Founded in 2012, Urban Squash Cleveland spent the first six years operating a SEA program at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University. In 2018, the organization opened a state-of-the-art facility featuring four squash courts and two classrooms on the campus of Urban Community School. Today, the programs have grown to include forty-seven students in the SEA program, community memberships, lessons, clinics, leagues, tournaments, camps, and school-day physical education.
Virginia Squash operates two public facilities–the Downtown Richmond YMCA and the Massad Family YMCA in Fredericksburg–which features four converted racquetball courts. Virginia Squash has offered public squash programming for all ages for more than a decade and will expand partnerships and reach through the Community Affiliate Network.
Arlen Specter US Squash Center
Opening in 2021 as the anchor facility of the Community Affiliate Network, the Specter Center will utilize its 20 courts, located on the campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1 of 22 federally-designated Promise Zones, the Community Initiative will focus on engaging the entire community under one roof: Squash + Education Alliance participants, after school programs, public schools and universities, community partners, area residents, all to be playing and socializing alongside recreational squash players, league players, all the way up to the Team USA women and men who will be in residence and training at the center.
The Community Initiative work at the Specter Center will be a model for other squash facilities around the country. The Community Initiative program director, the U.S. National Teams Coach and other members of US Squash will travel to clubs, schools, universities and public squash facilities to help establish their own broad community programming and best practices nationwide.
Community Squash Advisors
In a first-of-its-kind partnership Barrett and US Squash have come together to provide professional expertise to accelerate the launch of more affiliates. As Senior Advisor for Community Programs, Barrett is focused on improving access, equity, and integration within the sport. Barrett works with emerging community squash programs and reviews community squash applications.
Lauren Xaba, founder and former Executive Director of SquashDrive in Oakland is excited to join Barrett and US Squash to help grow the Community Squash network. Lauren is based out of Amherst, MA where she now lives with her husband Busani and their twins, Zoe and Zachary.
Awards and Accreditations
Community Initiative Award
Each year, a US Squash Community Initiative Award will be given to honor the efforts of an individual or of a family who has done outstanding work to help make the sport of squash truly inclusive.