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Cincinnati.com: Academy has Sport of Squash down to a T

Neal Tew,  left,  is founder of the T Squash Academy which has been operating in Fairfax since 2013. Behind him are several youngsters participating in a match. (Forrest Sellers/The Community Press)

Neal Tew, left, is founder of the T Squash Academy which has been operating in Fairfax since 2013. Behind him are several youngsters participating in a match. (Forrest Sellers/The Community Press)

Article courtesy of Cincinati.com.

by Forrest Sellers

Neal Tew is building an interest in squash one swing at a time.

Tew is founder of the T Squash Academy in Fairfax. The academy, which caters to both youngsters and adults, opened in 2013.

“Could you establish a market for squash and change the culture of the sport in Cincinnati?” said Tew about the impetus for starting the academy.

Tew started with a pilot program in Mason that has grown not only to include the Fairfax academy but to outreach programs throughout Greater Cincinnati and regional events.

As evidenced by this, the answer to Tew’s question would likely be “yes.”

However, Tew, who has been playing squash since age 6, said he wanted to do more than just raise awareness.

“It’s a great sport for parents to bond with their kids, ” he said. Tew bases this on his own experience playing squash with his father. Tew continued playing squash while in college and has participated in tournaments both locally and nationally.

Squash is an indoor racquet sport developed in England in the 1830s. Although squash and racquetball, have some similarities, the squash ball is slower than the ball used in racquetball. Also, in racquetball the ceiling is play.

“I find this sport is a wonderful teacher of life lessons and a builder of relationships, ” Tew said, adding that it builds character, confidence, strength and discipline.

Tew said there is also a mental element as well that involves trying to anticipate the move of an opponent. He likens game play to “chess in shorts.”

Although the academy has a significant number of youngsters who play there, it also has programming for adults. Schools throughout the Tristate also have matches at the academy.

In recent months the T Squash Academy formed a partnership with the Cincinnati Sports Club.

This allows us to concentrate more fully on the programming while the Sports Club handles facility maintenance and operations as well as marketing and membership.

The T Squash Academy also recently received a 501(c)3 designation which will provide the academy with an opportunity to receive grants and expand its outreach throughout the area.

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