The National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA) held its first tournament outside of the Northeast region in the organization’s 18 years of operation in hosting the inaugural Midwestern Urban Squash Championships at Kenyon College. Over 100 urban Squash players from seven cities across the country traveled to Gambier, Ohio July 26-28.
The Midwestern Urban Championships is modeled after the Urban Individual Nationals held at Williams College, which aims to create an end-of-season tournament. Like the event at Williams, players went on a college tour, stayed in Kenyon dorms, and played in the Ernst Athletic Center’s eight international courts.
Programs involved included Racquet Up (Detroit, MI), CitySquash (Bronx, NY), SquashSmarts (Philadelphia, PA), SquashWise (Baltimore, MD), METROsquash (Chicago, IL), and the two newest members of NUSEA: Urban Squash Cleveland (Cleveland, OH) and Squash Drive (Oakland, CA).
Mike Macdonald, tournament director, is excited about the growth of squash in the Midwest and attracting urban programs from all over the country to the region.
“Squash is continuing to grow in the Midwest and events like this will help grow the sport there, ” Macdonald said.
“I’m looking forward to getting all of the programs to send kids next year. Our goal is to make this as popular as other events and get 100 percent participation by NUSEA member programs.”
NUSEA oversees community-based urban squash and education programs across the United States. US Squash provides direct funding to NUSEA programs, contributing over $30, 000 annually in value-in-kind support. High achieving participants in NUSEA programs are also able to benefit from the North American Open/Greenwich Open Scholarship Fund which provides funding for urban squash scholastic scholarships.
“Urban Squash is continuing to spread and become a more well-known concept for engaging students and giving them opportunities they likely wouldn’t have otherwise.”
Axel Manchaca (CitySquash) def Frankie Pasquariello (CitySquash)Bu13
Jose Fernandez (CitySquash) def Anthony Holmes (Racquet Up)
William Pemberton (METROsquash) def Trevon River (SquashSmarts)
Victoria Haghighi (CitySquash) def Kyla Armistead (METROsquash)
Colesto Williams (SquashSmarts) def Malia Carter (SquashWise)
Zykerah Montgomery (SquashSmarts) def Kinsa Sillah (METROsquash)