US SQUASH

From the CEO

Kevin Klipstein has been the Chief Executive Officer of US Squash since December 2004, and oversees all US Squash operations.

The Squash Cunoonity

Last week, seemingly out of nowhere, my seven-year-old son asked me, “Am I part of the squash community?” His younger sister quickly added, “Yeah, am I part of the squash cunoonity too?” I am fairly sure my son just wanted to know if he was in Club Locker, so he could look himself up in [...]

October 1, 2017 Squash Media From the CEO 0

Learning on the Job

Last week I had the opportunity to have lunch with an old friend. He was a US Squash board member who served in the “early years” having been on the board when I started in late 2004 and staying through the transition years. During that time, the board was reduced from thirty-eight directors down to [...]

June 1, 2017 Squash Media From the CEO 0

Sportsmanship Master Class at National Singles

US Squash President & CEO Kevin Klipstein reflects on the exemplary sportsmanship on display at the 2017 National Singles. [...]

March 14, 2017 Squash Media From the CEO, News 0

Two Grand Decades

The Tournament of Champions recalls a history dating back to the 1930s. To follow the ToC’s path is to track the course of the sport itself, from the gentlemen’s game to the emergence of touring professionals to the heyday of hardball and battles between dueling world champions. The tournament then moved on to become dominated [...]

March 1, 2017 Squash Media From the CEO 0

Community Organizers

Those we are with shape who we are as people. Our interconnectedness, our interpersonal communication, and most specifically our language, makes us human. Language allows us to tell stories about the past, express what we are thinking and feeling now, and very significantly, what we hope and imagine the future to be like. Among the [...]

December 1, 2016 Squash Media From the CEO 1

November 2016 Donor Update

Dear US Squash Supporter, Thank you so much for your contributions to the US Squash. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we rely on the commitment of our supporters for 20% of our budget each year. This backing allows us to invest in innovation and drive growth in the sport. We are the only country that [...]

November 22, 2016 Squash Media From the CEO 0

What We Value

Those of us in the working world have, at some point in our careers, been exposed to a version of the same exercise during an “off-site” or “retreat”. In it, we write down what we spend our time on during a typical week, such as being with family, our work, commuting, shopping for and preparing [...]

October 1, 2016 Squash Media From the CEO 0

A Right to Play

So often these days we are exposed to the sophisticated integrated promotion of rags to riches stories, or the one about the person, who despite having all the odds stacked against them, succeeded beyond all imagination. Setbacks in life are the norm, not the exception, however today’s media has a way of sensationalizing most things [...]

August 1, 2016 Squash Media From the CEO 0

What it Means to Turn the Page on the Season

My kids love the Sesame Street book called Please Do Not Open This Book which involves Grover and Elmo fighting over whether to turn pages to get to the end of the book. Grover warns there is a monster, at the end of the book, and does everything he can to prevent Elmo from turning [...]

May 1, 2016 Squash Media From the CEO 0

College Nationals Marred by Poor Sportsmanship; Structural Changes Needed in Off-Season to Strengthen Oversight

The CSA team championships were overshadowed by numerous disconcerting displays of unsportsmanlike conduct have raised questions about the college game. [...]

March 3, 2016 Squash Media College, From the CEO, News 5

Transitions

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won” – Winston Churchill In the last 25 years, squash in the US has experienced two major shifts. These shifts have resulted in a massive and difficult change physically, and perhaps more significantly, a change in the mindset of the squash community. The two interrelated shifts are the transition from the [...]

February 1, 2016 Squash Media From the CEO 0

Holiday Wishes and Thank You from US Squash

Holiday Wishes and Thank You from US Squash [...]

December 18, 2015 Squash Media From the CEO, News 0

From US Squash

By Kevin Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer In talking with people in the squash community, I often find it helpful to remind them where US Squash was just a decade ago. We were a much smaller organization, with one-fifth the budget, and only four very dedicated employees. The U.S. Open was licensed to a [...]

August 1, 2015 Squash Media From the CEO 0

From US Squash

By Kevin Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer Astronomers recently discovered a galaxy that is thirty billion light-years away. For the non-scientists, a light-year is 5.8 trillion miles. You can try to do the math.However, it’s a lot of zeros and, therefore, from a long time ago (thirteen billion years). Perhaps it’s easier to get [...]

June 1, 2015 Squash Media From the CEO 0

From US Squash

By Kevin Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer Every year I gain a deeper appreciation for the National Championships. Players who compete are masters in their age division. It’s an honor to compete with them, and to watch them compete. There are also players from all over the country, and all over the world. People [...]

April 1, 2015 Squash Media From the CEO 0

Coaches Matter More Than We Realize: Remembrances of Bob Callahan

Kevin Klipstein pays tribute to Bob Callahan ahead of the legendary Princeton Coach's memorial service. [...]

February 5, 2015 Squash Media College, From the CEO, Hall of Fame, News 1

From US Squash

By Kevin Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer The 2005 Annual Meeting of the Members took place during Nationals at Harvard—I was three months into the job, and there were five of us total (an official quorum is twenty-five). The average age of the members in attendance was approximately sixty-seven. Undeterred, the four members proceeded [...]

December 1, 2014 Squash Media From the CEO 0

From US Squash

By Kevin D. Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer It’s been quite a year already in sports so far starting with the Sochi Winter Olympics serving up rigged Russian figure skating results, World Cup soccer offering a Suarez biting, accusations of cheating all around, and the recent fumbles by the NFL have tarnished their $10 [...]

October 1, 2014 Squash Media From the CEO 0

From US Squash

By Kevin D. Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer At the fifty-ninth hosting of the Junior Nationals this spring, we honored Olivia Fiechter and Derek Hsue with the 2014 DeRoy Sportsmanship Award. Each year we present this award to a male and female senior who demonstrate exemplary behavior on and off the court and compete [...]

May 1, 2014 Squash Media From the CEO 0

From US Squash

By Kevin D. Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer It’s easy to get lost in all the titles. U.S. Championships are all around us now. It wasn’t always the case, as many in their 40s, 50s and 60s still often lament in refrains such as, “I remember when there were 500 players at Nationals, with [...]

April 1, 2014 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

From US Squash

By Kevin D. Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer Modern photography traces its roots back 1, 000 years to an Iraqi inventor who managed to project an outside image on the inside of a tent, upside down. Not until the late 1800’s did true photography become portable, allowing for more flexibility in what the photographer [...]

March 1, 2014 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

From US Squash

By Kevin D. Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer The start of a typical Wednesday night league match for me sounds like this after the warm-up: Me: “Do you have your eye guards? In case I accidentally hit you, I don’t want you to get hurt.” Opponent: “Uh, no, you won’t hit me/I don’t have [...]

February 1, 2014 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

From US Squash

By Kevin D. Klipstein, President & Chief Executive Officer Fifty years have now passed since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the first and only squash-playing U.S. President. Kennedy once said, “If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” While the world collectively struggles [...]

January 1, 2014 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

From US SQUASH

As freshmen on the Cornell team, to say we occupied the back seat would be accurate both physically and metaphorically. College squash had yet to reach the level of charter bus travel that teams enjoy today. Twelve-passenger vans driven by the coach, with assistant, and a squad of ten plus gear left little room for [...]

December 1, 2013 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0

From US SQUASH

Last year around this time I wrote about how impressive the top squash professionals were both on and off the court, and how much they deserved to compete on the biggest sports stages in the world. At the women’s semifinal of the 2012 U.S. Open, I witnessed Nicol David rally from a 2-1 game, and [...]

November 1, 2013 Kevin Klipstein From the CEO 0