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Health & Wellness
Not only can the sport of squash serve as a major bridge to opportunity, but it is also a fantastic way for young people to engage in regular exercise and build healthy habits.
Most of our students have never played squash before they join us, and each student makes a major commitment to learning the sport. Each school year, every participant practices and competes at least three times per week. Over the course of their time with us, students log approximately 1250 hours of squash practice. All of our players develop a fondness for the sport; some cultivate a healthy obsession.
Each practice lasts for 75-100 minutes, focusing on skills like racquet technique, footwork, strategy and sportsmanship. These skills are put to the test as students compete in matches against private school teams and other urban squash programs in local and national tournaments.
Dozens of SquashBusters students have attained state and national rankings, and many have gone on to compete on college teams such as Harvard, Bates, Wesleyan, Hamilton, Tufts, Colby, and Northeastern.
FITNESS & HEALTH
Through squash, all students participate in rigorous exercise after school, but students also develop an understanding of the importance of overall fitness. Each practice begins with stretches and a warm-up consisting of court sprints, sit-ups, push-ups, and cycling. By providing students with an opportunity to exercise consistently throughout their teenage years, SquashBusters helps participants solidify lifelong fitness habits. In addition, each student is provided with a healthy snack at every practice in order to ensure that they are ready and fueled for the days activities.
In addition, all students participate in social-emotional discussion groups, where they discuss healthy peer relationships, sexual education, bullying and other relevant issues.
- 90-120 minutes of squash practice, 3 times perweek, for 33 weeks during the school year
- Team matches against local high schools and prep schools like Noble and Greenough, Fessenden and Pomfret, individual and team tournaments across the country with other urban squash programs and national and regional junior-level competitions through MA Squash and U.S. Squash
- Optional opportunities such as squash camp at Deerfield Academy, training days with teams from Harvard University and Bates College, and clinics with world-ranked pros like Thierry Lincou and Amanda Sobhy
- Squash mentors who work with one-on-one with interested students to build their skills on court
- Gender and age-specific discussion groupsfacilitated by SquashBusters staff, allowing students to open up about issues like bullying, body image and relationships