WHY SUPPORT US SQUASH?
Because We Serve You and the Sport You Love.
Many are surprised to learn that US Squash is a 501c3 nonprofit membership organization which relies on the support of the squash community to fulfill our mission.
We are proud of the services we deliver, from our support of accredited tournaments and leagues to hosting National Championships and fielding our National Teams to providing the Club Locker technology that powers it all. These are just a few of the many services we provide, however we couldn’t provide it without your support.
We serve with humility and the deepest appreciation for the support we receive. More succinctly, thank you for playing your role as the most important aspect of US Squash – as a member of the U.S. squash community.
US Squash Operations Support the Squash Community
US Squash plays a core and vital role every day in the sport to provide the foundation for activity. This has never been more true than today as we work tirelessly to advise and support facilities across the country to safely return to play and return to competition.
US Squash is central to the sport returning to pre-Covid levels and critical to all other squash activity in the U.S. For example, funded directly from US Squash operations in just the five years leading up to the 2019-2020 season, US Squash provided millions of dollars in support of the community:
An unprecedented existential threat, combined with our being at a critical stage of most transformative initiative in the history of the sport – the Arlen Specter US Squash Center – and our underlying organizational deficits have combined to create perhaps the most urgent need for support US Squash has ever had and may ever experience.
Revenues and Expenses
Typically, events drive a significant portion of annual revenue, between the U.S. Open and our 20 other national championships as well as the Junior Championships Tour. Most assume these event fees generate significant surpluses for US Squash. This is not the case, however. On a direct basis, the cost of hosting events is equal to the fees charged, making our events net losses when we factor in staffing and other shared costs. US Squash earns 9% of its income, or slightly more than $500,000, in accreditation fees, charging a % of each fee processed in exchange for tournament support, and the use of the Club Locker system to process results and rankings.
The unaudited financials show core US Squash operational revenues of $5.9 million in revenue and $6.2 million in expenses, producing a net loss of $296,000.
The majority of US Squash revenues are earned from events and membership. Contributions makes up 11%, or roughly $650,000 of total income.
US Squash spends on organizational capacity to support membership services and events, and invests in technology development to support both. Spending on overhead is limited.
Established in 1904 and incorporated in New York in 1957, US Squash’s governance is led by a Board of Directors made up of 16 independent members and four athlete representatives. Up to four ex-officio members may be selected to serve for one-year terms.
Five standing committees drive regular engagement among Directors and non-Directors serving on the committees including Finance & Audit, Investment, Nominating & Governance, Institutional Advancement and the independent Judiciary. The current and recent high-performance athletes form the Athletes’ Advisory Council in accordance with US Squash’s membership of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
Other committees also serve to support the many US Squash programs including Women’s, Doubles, Hardball Singles, District, Sportsmanship, Hall of Fame & Museum, Rules and Referee, Medical Advisory and Sport Science, and National Teams. Advisory Panels and Councils also inform and support US Squash programs including the Junior Squash Advisory Panel and the Teaching Pro Advisory Council.
The US Squash President & CEO serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors and manages the staff in carrying out the responsibilities of all day-to-day US Squash operations.
OUR PROGRAMS - At US Squash we Serve:
In addition to the millions of dollars of in-kind and direct support to the sport, US Squash serves as the sport’s officially designated national governing body and its most forceful advocate. In that role to drive key programming for the sport’s development, we:
OUR IMPACT LAST SEASON
We will never be able to adequately express our deep appreciation for the loyal and generous supporters of US Squash. We rely on their vision and support to take steps towards realizing our vision of people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds across the country enjoying squash, playing the game with a positive spirit, and participating in programs that foster camaraderie, facilitate competition and encourage healthy lifestyles.
To our generous supporters: THANK YOU!
US Squash supports women’s play in a variety of ways including hosting Women’s Squash Week each September with 400 women participating in 40 cities in 2016, and the Women’s Team Championship (Howe Cup) each fall.
With the success of the pro tour and recent addition of a women’s tour, as well as increased activity of local tournaments and leagues, Squash Doubles has seen tremendous growth. US Squash’s Doubles Program encourages and supports this growth in a variety of ways.
Hardball Singles Fund
Hardball Singles tournaments have been played at the national level since 1907 and continue to this day. There is an active series of 10 hardball tournaments, with age group events in Santa Fe and Santa Barbara as well as New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington.
The connective tissue of the squash community is sportsmanship. From the youngest competitors and those just learning the game to the many who have enjoyed the sport for decades, all players are linked by the sport’s core values of honesty, courtesy and respect.