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SquashBusters Blasts Off in Lawrence
On September 2012, twenty-eight 6th and 7th grade boys and girls from the Arlington and Wetherbee Schools in Lawrence form the new SquashBusters site’s inaugural team. The program model mirror its Boston predecessor with squash and academic practices three times per week, community service projects, tournament play, and summer activities.
This fall, tryouts commence for the new SquashBusters Lawrence Team. More than 125 6th and 7th grade boys and girls from the Wetherbee and Arlington schools will vye for the coveted 28 team slots. Selection will take place after several weeks of tryouts with criteria focused on effort, attendance, teamwork and sportsmanship. The program model mirrors its Boston predecessor with squash and academic practices three times per week, community service projects, tournament play, and summer activities. Brooks School and Phillips Academy Andover co-host the more than 100 squash and academic practices that take place each year, and contribute a volunteer corps of students and teachers. Dora Lubin leads the program and serves as anchor teacher in all academic sessions. Dora worked at CitySquash in the Bronx for three years and recently graduated from Harvard’s School of Education, therefore bringing with her both practical experience in urban squash and the perspective and training of graduate school. Joining Dora is Scott Redpath, who leads all squash practices and mentors every student, both on and off the court. Scott graduated from St. Lawrence University where he captained the varsity squash team. Scott joins SquashBusters after spending two years working with the Peace Corps. in Romania. Last, but certainly not least, SquashBusters Lawrence would be merely a concept without the incredible investment and generosity of its local Leadership Council, whose members include Doug Burbank, Ross Elkin, Kathleen Federico, Tom Hodgson, Ed Krapels, Bruce Landay, Jamie McIntyre, and Henry White. We expect this group to grow larger as the program gets underway.