John Flanigan to Receive President’s Cup at PSA World Championships

John Flanigan presenting the 2018 Windy City Open trophies

John Flanigan, the athletic director at the University Club of Chicago, will receive the 2018 President’s Cup on Tuesday February 26 during a ceremony held at the PSA World Championships on the glass court in Chicago’s Union Station.

The award will be presented by Kevin Klipstein, president & CEO of US Squash. The President’s Cup is the highest individual award bestowed by US Squash, recognizing members of the squash community who have made exceptional, sustained and impactful contributions to the game.

Flanigan has been at the forefront of innovation of squash in the U.S. for the past quarter century. He has guided the University Club of Chicago program through a period of consistent excellence and growth. Flanigan has been the tournament director of the U.S. Open and more recently the Windy City Open, turning it into one of the most important, well-produced and lucrative events on the professional tour. Flanigan’s leadership, in partnership with sponsorship from the Chicago-based Walter family, brought the 2019 PSA World Championships to Chicago—the first professional squash tournament to award a $1 million prize purse.

The ceremony will take place after conclusion of the 6:30pm match. Tickets can be purchased at

The President’s Cup has been given out annually since 1966. Recent honorees include Ted Price in 2015, Maria Toorpakai in 2016 and Nancy Cushman in 2017.

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  1. John Butter February 23, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    John – Congratulations on this recognition. It is well deserved for your promotion and leadership of the squash community. And the award couldn’t go to a nicer guy!

  2. Kevin cochran February 24, 2019 at 12:28 am

    John Flanigan was instrumental to my initial squash enthusiasm from back in the middle 1990’s while John was in Minneapolis. He had a tremendous amount of patience for the players just starting out, that was me. I remember him saying “when you play a good squash point it feels like riding a wave”. I use that exact quote to this day while helping younger players here at the University of Minnesota. Congratulations to John Flanigan on a much deserved honor. Keep riding that wave John!!

    Best regards,

    Kevin Cochran

  3. Kevin Cochran February 24, 2019 at 12:44 am

    John was instrumental to my early enthusiasm for squash back in the middle 1990’s here in Minneapolis. He had tremendous patience with the squash beginner, that was me. I remember him saying, “playing a good squash point is like riding a wave”. I use this exact statement to this day as I work with the younger players at the University of Minnesota. Congratulations John on such a deserving award. Keep riding that wave!!

    Best regards,

    Kevin Cochran

  4. Chris Carson April 4, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    I cannot think of a more deserving person than John Flanigan. He saw me watching a match in Minneapolis, many years ago. Cold-called me and offered a free lesson. I have played and enjoyed squash for many years and I owe *all* of that to John.

    John’s never met my youngest son Tyler, but he and I drill regularly, and I’ve tried to teach him everything John taught me about our great game.

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