More than two hundred and fifty women will converge on Chelsea Piers in Stamford, Connecticut, this weekend to compete in the eighty-third U.S. Women’s Team Squash Championships, or Howe Cup.
The Howe Cup brings women of all ages and skill levels from across the U.S. and Canada together for a fun, inclusive weekend of squash. With four Skill levels titles available—divisions A-D—everyone has a chance of winning. Many teams include both adult and NUSEA junior players, creating mentorships as a part of a camaraderie-filled weekend.
Continuing growth from last year’s Howe Cup, forty-nine teams return to the competition this year including the largest ever D division draw with sixteen teams.
The Howe Cup, the United States’ largest squash event for women, has a long history. The annual women’s five-person team tournament first began in 1928 as an inter-city competition between New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. Over the past five years, the Howe Cup has seen the more participation than any other U.S. Championship with twenty percent growth.
“Howe Cup truly represents the essence of the sport, ” said Beth Rasin, a veteran of the tournament.
“Where the playing is more important than the winning; where the participants appreciate a competitor who can push her to her limits; where lifelong friendships are nourished; and where the Saturday night dancing flushes the lactic acid from Friday and Saturday matches in preparation for the final showdowns on Sunday.”
The Saturday night party will also include presentations of the 2016 Feron’s Wedgewood Sportsmanship Trophy and Achievement Bowl.
Follow live scores from the Howe Cup here.
The seventh US Squash’s Annual Assembly will be held at the Howe Cup. The Assembly will take place immediately preceding the event’s evening function on Saturday, November 12, 8:00pm at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel, 700 East Main Street, Stamford, CT.
As in years past, the annual election of members to the Board of Directors will take place during the official Annual Meeting of the Members. The President and CEO will report briefly on issues of concern and import to US Squash, and its constituents.
The assembly itself is free to attend for all members of US Squash, though non-Howe Cup players must pay a guest fee to remain at the event’s social proceedings.