Thursday June 1st, 2017—CitySquash held its 15th Annual Anniversary Bash at the University Club, an evening highlighting the current year and taking a look back at the past fifteen years. CitySquash, inaugurated in 2002, maintains interest in grooming young people in underserved communities and encouraging them to push themselves to their fullest potential. The program, which started with 20 sixth grade students and has since grown to 200 hundred students thanks to the leadership of Terrence Li, Tim Wyant, and Sanford Schwartz, fosters sportsmanship, intellectual prowess, and service.
Over 500 people were in attendance to celebrate the accomplishments of the CitySquash organization, including several professional players who participated in singles and doubles exhibition matches to kick off the festivities.
Throughout the evening CitySquash board member, and BBC newscaster, Laura Trevelyan conducted a live funding drive which raised $60,000 in just ten minutes. The funds make it possible for CitySquashers to attend tournaments, Spring Enrichment Tours, academic camps, squash camps and to fund one CitySquasher for one year of college. Generous donations make it feasible for CitySquash and NUSEA organizations alike to function. By the end of the night CitySquash had raised over $1 million.
The highlight of the night, however, took place off the court and outside of wallets.
CitySquash alumnus Andrew Cadienhead delivered the keynote address with inspiring words of gratitude. Remarking, “CitySquash was–and is—the first big, rowdy, supportive family I’ve ever been a part of. It changed my life. City Squash popped that Bronx bubble and allowed me to dream big,” Cadienhead, a recent Middlebury College graduate, expressed the integral role CitySquash played in his becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. He encouraged young students in the program to cherish the moments with their CitySquash family and to take full advantage of the many opportunities afforded to them as a result of CitySquash’s dedication.
CitySquash has seemingly opened a door that many in underserved communities otherwise would not have even noticed or thought it possible to walk through. CitySquash provided the door to walk out of that “Bronx bubble.” Programs such as CitySquash continue to mentor and develop not only great squash players, but also great people. That is what it is all about. It is much bigger than squash.