The biggest Urban Team Nationals tournament to date involving 74 teams – a National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA) record – attracted nearly 400 students from ten different urban squash programs across the country.
In the u19 division, Access Youth Academy from San Diego took out both the girls’ and boys’ titles against New York’s StreetSquash team and Boston’s SquashBusters team respectively.
The Squash Haven team from Connecticut was victorious in both the boys’ and girls’ u17 against StreetSquash in both divisions.
Squash Haven also defeated New York’s CitySquash in both the Boys’ u15 and Girls’ u13 divisions.
CitySquash took out the Girls’ u15 title against Squash Haven, as well as setting up an all-CitySquash Boy’s u13 final between their A and B teams, which resulted in an A victory.
“Put the squash aside, and this event has so much more – some kids will be flying for the first time, some kids have never been to Boston, staying up late in a hotel, long bus trips, and even the Boston kids feeling a sense of pride as they welcome kids from all over into their city and their building, ” he said.
“Wins and losses will be recorded but it’s not what the event’s about – kids will have this total squash and life experience written in their DNA.”
Participating programs included StreetSquash (Harlem, NY, Newark, NJ), SquashBusters (Boston, Lawrence, MA), CitySquash (Bronx, NY), Squash Haven (New Haven, CT), SquashWise (Baltimore, MD), Access Youth Academy (San Diego, CA), Racquet Up (Detroit, MI), METROsquash (Chicago, IL), Mile High Squash (Denver, CO), and SquashSmarts (Philadelphia, PA).