SQB Providence Is Off to a Busy Start

Welcome Class of 2026!

The journey to welcoming the class of 2026 began back in October with gym visits to our partner school, DelSesto Middle School. After meeting every sixth grader at the school, we began tryout season with over 40 interested students and families. As the end of the tryout period neared, it was a struggle to decide which students would make up our new team. They all seemed so enthusiastic!

But SQB is a big commitment and we wanted to make sure the students we chose were up to the challenge.  So, we decided to extend tryouts to be absolutely positive about which students we wanted to join our SquashBusters family. On December 13, 2019, eighteen students earned a spot on the Class of 2026 team and were formally welcomed at our annual Christmas family potluck.

We are lucky to have such vibrant spirits join our program!

But SQB is a big commitment and we wanted to be sure about the students we chose, so after some cuts were made, we made the decision to extend tryouts to be absolutely positive about which students we wanted to join our SquashBusters family. On December 13, 2019, eighteen students earned a spot on the Class of 2026 team and were formally welcomed at our annual Christmas family potluck.

We are so lucky to have such vibrant spirits join our program!


Serving Our Community

       

SquashBusters Providence began a new community service tradition this year, inspired by Providence program Coordinator Alé Madrid’s own experience when she was an SQB student. Students were given an opportunity to be creative and write unique, honest messages from the heart, as everyone created holiday cards for the members of Arbor Hill Assisted Living Community located in the Federal Hill neighborhood.

Over two days, students created 60 handmade, one-hundred percent unique holiday cards. Students’ individual personalities really shone through and each card reflected their caring and compassionate nature. Throughout the activity, many students had pensive looks on their faces as they crafted the perfect holiday message, and they worked together and built community as they shared their own families’ traditions for celebrating the holidays.


And, Of Course, Lots of Squash

 

 

Squash is fully underway at SQB Providence. Students have already participated in several Squash and Education Alliance (SEA) tournaments. The first was the Northeast Regionals hosted by Yale University. It was an intense day of competition for all teams, and ended with our 7th grade boys earning a hard-fought victory.

A few weeks later our teams were competing again, this time at the 2019 Trinity Invitational, hosted by Capitol Squash of Hartford. Our Providence students battled it out with several other SEA teams, including both SquashBusters Lawrence and Boston. Our 8th grade girls performed phenomenally, as they pushed their opponents to five games and never gave up. Our 8th grade boys placed first in the C draw.

In 2020, our students show no signs of letting up on their hard work.

Recently at the Moses Brown Junior Bronze Tournament, we had three students earn top honors – Natalia Otero took first place in girls U15, Cristel Diaz took third place in girls U15, and Matthyaz Williams took second place in boys U13.

Next up? SEA’s Urban Team Nationals hosted by Yale University this March.