Yesterday at the historic National Urban Squash & Education Association leadership conference at the University Club of New York, US Squash awarded William E. Simon, Jr., with the President’s Cup. Kevin Klipstein, the CEO of US Squash, praised Simon for his many decades of dedication, support and leadership for the game.
Bill Simon first took up squash in 1969 as a freshman at Williams College, when his tennis coach, Clarence Chaffee, suggested he learn the game in the winter months. He rose up to play No. 1 on the varsity, became captain of the team and an All American. Since then he has been an active singles and doubles player. In 1998 he donated the spectacular twelve-court squash facility at Williams, the Carol Girard and Cynthia Stewart Simon Squash Center. In addition, Simon was the lead sponsor of the 1998 National Singles in Los Angeles and, in 2004, was the master of ceremonies at US Squash’s centennial celebration in New York.
His biggest role has been with urban squash. Simon has been involved in the movement since Greg Zaff came up with the idea of an after-school youth enrichment program centered around squash in 1995, and he has been a major contributor to Zaff’s original Boston program, SquashBusters, ever since. In 2005 Simon became the founding board chair of NUSEA. He helped develop NUSEA from an idea, and just four member programs in the East Coast, into a vibrant coalition with two dozen programs around the country and around the world. “He’s a huge inspiration to a generation of social entrepreneurs who are passionate about making the world a better place for others, ” said Klipstein.
The President’s Cup is the most prestigious annual award in US Squash. Originally donated by William T. Ketcham, Jr., in 1966, the President’s Cup is awarded to a person who has made substantial, sustained and significant contributions to the game of squash. Simon is the forty-second person to be awarded the President’s Cup and the second recipient from California.