Dear US Squash Member,
As a member of US Squash, you are an integral partner in our continued efforts to drive the growth we have experienced in the last five years. Third party research indicates that during this period, we have doubled in participation to 1.6 million players. A great example of this starts on Saturday, when nearly 1, 000 top junior squash players from 37 countries will gather in New Haven and Hartford, CT to compete in the U.S. Junior Open. Thank you for your support in making this achievable.
We always strive to provide you the best possible experience in the sport, and have developed some robust services, many of which are now branded under our online product called “Club Locker”. In October, we bundled many Club Locker features in with US Squash Membership. We will continue to integrate our services under the Club Locker banner, including event registration, tournament schedules and draw views, league play, rankings and player profiles.
In January, we will roll out one of our most anticipated features called “Find A Match”, which allows players to search for, and connect with, opponents at their club, and for US Squash Members to easily find matches with players outside of their club. Traveling to another city for work? It has never been easier to find a match with someone your level. In order to increase membership, and build our base of support overall, we are transitioning to a premium services model. This will let us offer some of our increasingly wide array of services to the squash community more broadly.
For example, since our launch last summer, more than 50 facilities and clubs in the U.S. have started to use Club Locker to coordinate their programs, including the mobile-friendly court reservation system, which offers a more integrated experience of benefits. Additional clubs are coming online each week, bringing more players further into the squash community.
This year has been full of incredible milestones too, with our Elite Athlete Program participants achieving career-high world rankings, the Junior Women’s team finishing second in the world for the third time in a row, and Amanda Sobhy’s sweeping of the gold medals at this summer’s Pan American Games in Toronto. We experienced record crowds during the Delaware Investments U.S. Open hosted at Drexel University this fall, where we had our first-ever Squash Summit, and re-named the national Men’s Sportsmanship Award after legendary coach Bob Callahan.
These are exciting times for the sport. Never have there been so many people of all ages playing squash in the U.S. The more engagement we have in our programs, the better we are able to serve our mission to lead squash’s growth and development by increasing access and awareness, supporting meaningful lifelong engagement in the sport, and encouraging sportsmanship while achieving competitive excellence at the highest levels.
Thank you again for your support. Please accept our best wishes this holiday season from all of us at US Squash.
Kevin D. Klipstein
President & CEO