Class of 2020 Gift
US Squash Senior Class of 2020 Gift Initiative
In honor of the culmination of the entire class’s junior squash journey.
In support of US Squash junior development programs.
Thousands of junior squash players of all levels across the country compete and enjoy squash as a regular part of their lives. Each year, hundreds graduate from junior squash while retaining the values practiced in the sport, the close and enduring friendships they have formed, and with an enduring love for squash as a lifelong sport.
This Class Gift initiative seeks to establish the precedent for graduating classes to come together in celebration of the entire class’s achievements, on and off the court, and in support of US Squash’s junior development programs. It will be the first senior class gift and will cement the Class of 2020’s legacy, which is only appropriate in these extraordinary times. Recognition of this leadership initiative will endure with a plaque at the Specter Center, also to open in 2020.
Why Give to the Class of 2020 Initiative?
- In appreciation for the opportunities, relationships, and experiences that junior squash has provided their child
- To support the staff for their commitment to the quality of the junior squash experience, and as they remain active through this crisis: scoping potentials for a return to play, assisting clubs and pros with their planning, optimizing its technology and online tools
- To inspire and help pave the way for younger players and expand the reach of squash
- It’s a rallying point for the community to sustain US Squash during this difficult time of need when core support is so meaningful
Leadership and Support (as of June 25, 2020)
Class Gift Initiative Ambassadors: Punitha Arockiasamy, Elizabeth Carney, Amy Charlton, Christina Evans, Jodie Fink, Ellen Gildea, Ruchira Glaser, Bruce Huberman, Katharine Joyce, Tina Lee, Brian Leonard, Elisa Malani, Jamie McIntyre, Anand Raman, Linda Robinson, Peter Santry, Winnie Wen
US Squash Board Support: Andrew Fink, Jennifer Mackesy, Linda Robinson, Soo Venkatesan
US Squash Staff Support: Kevin Klipstein, Charlotte Knaggs, Narelle Krizek, Harry Smith
Please contact Harry Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being listed as a Gift Ambassador and willing to reach out to other families with juniors in the Class of 2020 in support of this initiative.
How to Donate
Contributions to US Squash are 100% tax deductible, and gifts of any amount are valued. As part of this class initiative US Squash will recognize contributors as Class of 2020 Gift and Annual Fund donors at special levels of any amount up to $500, gifts of $500, and leadership levels of $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 or more.
The second page of the donation process will offer the opportunity to identify “I would like to dedicate my gift in honor/memory of” and this field may be used to note “Class of 2020” as well as in honor of a specific graduating junior player.
In addition, checks may be made out to US Squash, noting “Class of 2020” and mailed to US Squash, 555 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1102, New York, NY 10018.
Gifts of securities may be arranged by emailing email@example.com.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions whatsoever.
Alternatively, players who are graduating in 2021 and beyond can donate specifically to the Junior Class Initiative:
About US Squash
US Squash is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which serves as the only national governing body and membership organization for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1904, its mission is 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.
Powering US Squash’s mission is the aspiration to be the best: to help squash and all those who play it realize their full potential—with far-ranging impact. In pursuing this mission, US Squash works to drive every facet of squash forward at every level: Junior development from beginner to elite players; team-based squash from middle school, high school through and college; Urban squash to adult leagues, and among professionals, coaches, officials and administrators.
US Squash promotes sportsmanship, character and fitness, increases access and awareness, supports meaningful lifelong engagement, and builds a stronger squash community every day. As the sport’s officially designated national governing body, US Squash serves as its most forceful advocate. In that role, US Squash
- provides direct financial support to a range of people and programs including to squash and education (SEA) program participants to the best American athletes.
- ensures the availability of training, development, certification and continuing educational opportunities and advocates for and creates opportunities for junior and adult participants.
- invests in the necessary infrastructure to support the growth and development of the sport.
- recognizes leaders in the community who demonstrate the qualities the sport values and honors the game’s special history.
In December 2020, the Arlen Specter US Squash Center (Specter Center) will act as the anchor facility for the development of squash in the U.S. and will bring players of all levels and abilities together to learn from one another. Players from the entry level to JCTs, urban squash participants and high school teams, local community members and college club teams will all come together under one roof. The Specter Center’s programming will support core elements of US Squash’s mission and objectives:
Access: Through making squash available to a broad spectrum of participants in a major metropolitan area and acting as a proving ground for new US Squash programs for grassroots development nationwide.
Community: By fostering and strengthening connections within the Philadelphia squash community, creating a true home for squash nationwide, and forming best-practices to share with programs throughout the U.S.
Excellence: Acting as the incubator for home-grown elite players in their quest to reach the top of the podium. The Center will provide the best players from the U.S. unrivaled coaching, facilities, and logistical support in order to help them reach their potential.
Class Gifts Made in Honor of these Seniors (as of July 1, 2020)
Andrew T. Barr
Joey Raskin Lantos