Alberto Malinow was recently presented with the 2015 United States Olympic Committee Volunteer Coach of the Year Award.
Malinow was given the award on World Squash Day, the annual global celebration of the game which occurred this year on Saturday October 22. In San Diego, Access Youth Academy celebrated its tenth anniversary with a special weekend of events that included three former world No.1 players—Thierry Lincou, Peter Nicol and Jonathan Power—and Chris Walker, who helped start the urban program (originally known as SurfCity Squash) in 2006. Lincou, Nicol, Power and Walker donated their time for Access’ annual event “The Drive” and all funds raised went directly to the operations of Access Youth Academy’s transformative urban squash program.
On Saturday evening, Access held a highly successful gala at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. More than three hundred people attended the evening, which included a massive silent auction; most of the hosts and speakers during the gala were students in the program.
One of the highlights of the evening was a presentation by Tim Wyant, the executive director of the National Urban Squash & Education Association, of the USOC Volunteer Coach of the Year Award to Alberto Malinow.
Originally from Argentina and later a resident of Brazil, Malinow has been a longtime citizen of the U.S. Malinow has come at least twice a week every week to the program for the past nine years to tutor the children. “Alberto is always kind, energetic and extremely educational, ” said Renato Paiva, the executive director of Access Youth Academy. “Volunteers are at the core of urban squash programs and it is hard to find reliable volunteers in San Diego. But once in a lifetime a person like Alberto comes in. He’s so dedicated and consistent. He’s a true all-star.”
The USOC Volunteer Coach of the Year is given to a coach who exhibits the core squash values of service, support and fellowship without thought of recompense. The most recent honorees were Paul Cussen of the MetroSquash program in Chicago and Rob Hensel of Beyond Walls in Minneapolis.