Former Massachusetts Governor and Presidential Candidate Michael Dukakis, and current Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, joined the NUSEA Citizenship Tour at Northeastern University’s SquashBusters facility Wednesday morning on the second day of the NUSEA Citizenship Tour.
The Governors sat down with students to speak about the importance of citizenship, civil service, and education followed by question and answers.
SquashBusters founder Greg Zaff contacted Governor Dukakis who was working at Northeastern over a decade ago as Zaff planned the foundation of SquashBusters at Northeastern University, the first urban squash and education program in America.
“Greg, who was a great squash player at Williams, came to me at Northeastern and said, ‘I’ve got an idea. I’d love to see if we can somehow combine squash with good learning and good citizenship.’ At that time he was just starting a program at a local YMCA, ” Dukakis said. “So to see so many of you here from so many different regions is a wonderful thing.
“I think this combination of sports, study, good citizenship, and careers—I hope in public service—can’t be beat.”
Governor Patrick, who emphasized the importance of good teachers setting the example and the value of education, even joined tour participants on court.
The second day of the tour concluded by walking the Freedom Trail in historic Boston.
For a full itinerary and list of participants and counselors, visit the Citizenship Tour press release.
For more information on NUSEA visit http://www.nationalurbansquash.org/