Squash’s bid for inclusion into the 2020 Olympic Games has received yet another wave of support from Hollywood as writer Alec Sokolow and actor William Mapother “back the bid.”
During their college years, Sokolow and Mapother played squash at the University of Pennsylvania and Notre Dame respectively, and both continue to play in Los Angeles.
Known for co-writing the screenplay for Toy Story (1995), which was nominated for the Academy Award for best writing (original screenplay), Sokolow has also made major contributions to story and screenplay writing for Money Talks (1997), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), Garfield: The Movie (2004), and Evan Almighty (2007).
Sokolow is pictured in front of iconic characters “Buzz Lightyear”, “Garfield”, and “Woody” with the message “To the Olympics and beyond!”, an adaptation of Buzz’s catchphrase “To infinity and beyond!” in hopes that squash will soon soar to Olympic heights unlike the flightless toy.
Mapother is perhaps best known for his role as “Ethan Rom” in the first season of the television series Lost, but has also made appearances in other notable television series including Mad Men, Ro, American Horror Story, Justified, The Mentalist, Burn Notice, Prison Break, Law and Order, and CSI.
Outside of television, Mapother made it on the big screen for Mission: Impossible II (2000) Tom Cruise, In the Bedroom (2001), The Grudge (2004), Lords of Dogtown (2005), The Burrowers (2008), and the lead role in Mike Cahill’s sci-fi drama Another Earth (2011).
Sokolow and Mapother join a growing cast of Hollywood stars to back the bid in recent weeks including Elysium‘s director and co-star Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley, director Tarsem Singh, and actor Dylan Neal.
Friday August 9 marked exactly four weeks until the International Olympic Committee vote to decide which of the shortlisted sports will gain entry into the 2020 Olympic games.
You can back the bid by contributing to the US Squash Olympic Fund, purchasing the “I backed the bid” One Sport Racquet, following @vote4squash on twitter, and using the hash tag #vote4squash on social media.