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New Squash Documentary Takes a Look Behind the Glass

By James Zug Camera crews often come to film at urban squash programs. Usually they are making a short segment for local television. It is pretty common. George Polsky, the founder and executive director of StreetSquash, counted twenty different crews that visited his program. The twenty-first has stayed. Archimedia Films is making a feature-length documentary […]

Squash Boast: Urban Nationals Individuals

MetroSquash Opens New Facility

By James Zug Photos by Marian Kraus The MetroSquash Academic & Squash Center, the fourth stand-alone purpose-built urban squash youth enrichment facility in the U.S., opened this spring in Chicago. The certificate of occupancy was issued on April 1, 2015. It was exactly ten years to the day after MetroSquash had been incorporated. It was […]

USOC Volunteer Coach of the Year Awarded to MetroSquash Mentor Paul M. Cussen

By James Zug During the gala dinner at the biennial World Doubles tournament in Chicago, US Squash honored Paul M. Cussen with the United States Olympic Committee Volunteer Coach of the Year Award. Cussen started his involvement with MetroSquash as one of the program’s first volunteers soon after the program launched in 2005.  Over the past ten […]

Bill Simon Awarded President’s Cup

By James Zug During the NUSEA leadership conference, US Squash’s CEO Kevin Klipstein awarded the President’s Cup to William E. Simon, Jr. for his many decades of dedication, support and leadership in the game. Bill Simon first took up squash in 1969 as a freshman at Williams College, when his tennis coach, Clarence Chaffee, suggested […]

The Luxury to Dream Big

By Reyna Pachecho A graduate of Access Youth Academy in San Diego, Pachecho gave the keynote address below at the NUSEA gala dinner. She is a junior at Columbia, playing at the top of the Lions’ squash ladder and is ranked No. 157 in the world. Wanting more than the basic necessities is a luxury […]

I Will Never Forget This Evening: NUSEA Celebrates Twenty Years of Urban Squash

By James Zug In January 2015 the National Urban Squash & Education Association held a gala weekend in New York. In January 1995, the idea of an after-school youth enrichment program existed only on paper—literally, in a seven-page paper, “Bringing Squash Down from the Ivory Tower.” Greg Zaff wrote it for a Kennedy School of […]

Twenty Years of Urban Squash and Education

In 1995 Greg Zaff, former professional squash player, had an idea. What originated in a graduate term paper ultimately launched an after-school program combining squash practice with academic tutoring—the first of its kind. The original SquashBusters “office” was Zaff’s apartment, the program served twenty-eight students, and it inspired the creation of several other like-minded institutions. […]