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SquashBusters succeeds because of our committed partnerships with local schools. In Boston, Timilty Middle School, John D. OBryant School of Math and Science, Rafael Hernandez School,Joseph Lee K-8 School and Codman Academy are the primary places from where our students are recruited. The Boston program also benefits from strong relationships with a number of high schools, including Boston Green Academy, Fenway High School, Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy, New Mission High School and Boston Community Leadership Academy.
SquashBusters staff meets regularly with teachers and staff at these school to discuss individual student progress. Together, they create a plan to help each and every student thrive. The tireless effort of our school partners is crucial to SquashBusters success.
Without places for our students to play and learn, SquashBusters programs would not be possible. In both cities, our facility partners allow our to students to spend their days on picturesque academic campuses.
SquashBusters Boston has a home at the Badger and Rosen SquashBusters Center, thanks to a generous partnership with Northeastern University. The building houses eight squash courts, four classrooms, a fitness center, locker rooms, and an office space, and allows us to serve more than 140 students each year and host events for our alumni and supporters.
SquashBusters Lawrence is thankful for its partnerships with Phillips Academy and Brooks School, which allow the program to use their squash courts and classroom spaces, and provide a large contingent of academic and squash volunteers. Our newest facility partner, Cedardale Health & Fitness, generously allows ourmiddle school students to use their racquetball courts for beginning and intermediate training.
SquashBusters makes a point to engage every parent from the day their child joins the team. Our staff connects with each parent regularly through meetings, phone calls, and family events throughout the year. Parents often stay connected to the SQB community far beyond their child’s graduation from the program. Of course, our parents’ most important contribution is the crucial role they play in encouraging their children to be hardworking, committed members of the SquashBusters community.
In order to provide individualized support to students during squash practices and academic sessions, SquashBusters relies on a dedicated community of volunteers. Our corps of 100+ volunteers consists of students from Brooks School and Phillips Academy, Northeastern and other nearby colleges, amateur and professional squash players, retirees, and other community representatives. Academic and squash volunteers commit to lend their time, energy, and expertise to our students several days per week over the course of the school year. The program also pairs each high school senior with an individual college mentor, who works closely with him or her to complete the entire college application process.
Interested in volunteering with SquashBusters? Visit our volunteer page to learn more.
IN THE WORDS OF A TRUSTED PARTNER
“SquashBusters Lawrence is a key, trusted partner to our school, Phillips Academy. They make possible an important avenue for community engagement for our students. Their model of athletics, character, and academics has proven itself time and again. They change the lives, for the better, of everyone who touches and benefits from their work.”
John Palfrey, Head of School, Phillips Academy