Character Development

SquashBusters is committed to developing a strong sense of character in each of its students. By participating in service projects, students broaden their awareness of social issues, develop a sense of civic responsibility, and learn the value of giving back to the community. Students also have added opportunities to serve as leaders within the SquashBusters community.

Program Recipe


  • Commitment to complete 2-3 community service projects per year
  • The SQB Ambassadors Program, which gives students the opportunity to plan SquashBusters events and represent their peers to the community
  • Volunteer and job opportunities for high school students to coach and mentor middle school students
  • Field trips each year to places like TripAdvisor for a career exploration trip and Mount Monadnock for hiking and team-building activities
  • Opportunities each summer to attend SquashBusters camps or be connected with experiences outside of SQB, including squash squads, internships, sleep-away camps and academic programs
  • Exposure to people from various backgrounds and circumstances through squash, academics, service projects and more

Community Service Partners


American Diabetes Association Walk to Stop Diabetes
Students join more than 5,000 walkers for a three mile loop around Boston Common to help put an end to diabetes. Afterwards, they help walk organizers and fellow volunteers with the post-walk clean-up.

AIDS Walk Boston
Students manage all of the food and water stations on this 10K walk, and cheer on walkers as they help to keep them happy and hydrated.

Casa Nueva Vida
Students play games and sports with children living at the residential shelter and have even thrown pizza parties for them and their families.

The Food Project
Students plant and harvest vegetables while learning about the food system, helping to support local agriculture and hunger relief organizations.

Franklin Park Coalition
Students clean up and rake leaves to help beautify Boston’s largest park for citizens and tourists to enjoy.

Higginson-Lewis School
A group of SquashBusters students run activities to engage students from the schools autism program. Beforehand, our students learn about autism spectrum disorders and learn how to effectively communicate with affected individuals and model positive pro-social behavior while volunteering with them.

Mount Pleasant Home & Nevins Nursing Home
Students play games, share conversations, and build relationships with senior citizens in the Boston and greater Lawrence communities.

Prison Book Program
Students read letters from incarcerated individuals and reflect on their stories and experiences; they then help select and package books to send to the prisoners.

Pine Street Inn
Students prepare and serve brunch to residents at Bostons Pine Street Inn, which serves more than 11,000 homeless individuals per year. Students combine hands-on service with a deeper understanding of the issues of homelessness.

Special Olympics
Students escort Special Olympics athletes into the stadium, and spend the day cheering them on from the sidelines.