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Senior Class of 2020 Gift Initiative Exceeds Giving Goal

For the first time, junior squash high school graduates and their families have united to create the US Squash Senior Class Gift Initiative. The Class of 2020 Gift campaign exceeded initial expectations by raising more than $100,000 and as a result establishing a precedent for graduating classes to come together to celebrate of the entire class’s achievements, on and off the court, and in support of US Squash’s junior development programs. This generosity provided to the sport cements the Class of 2020’s legacy, which is only appropriate in these extraordinary times.

This truly inspired campaign was led by nearly twenty “class ambassadors” willing to contribute generously, as well as reach out to others in the community to encourage them do the same. Families of more than 90 players contributed, representing all levels of play, regions of the country and many donors were new to giving to the US Squash Annual Fund. Early on, a family contributed $2,020, creating a leadership level of giving imitated by more than a dozen other families. The willingness of the junior squash community to support the organization delivering the benefits of the sport to their kids has translated into momentum for US Squash’s ability to effectively plan for the restart of play and competition safely.

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. Through giving to the Class Gift, families showcased their appreciation for the opportunities, relationships, and experiences that junior squash has provided. The support allows the US Squash to remain active through the current crisis: scoping potentials for a return to play, assisting clubs and pros with their planning, and optimizing technology and online tools in order to continue to provide a high-quality junior squash experience.

“The response was nothing short of remarkable – particularly during a time that was so chaotic and uncertain. We were truly amazed and heartened by the support of the Senior Class families,” said Jen Mackesy, a US Squash Board Member and a Co-Chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee. “Their thoughtfulness and generosity at a critical and very challenging time for US Squash has been a real inspiration. They have set such a great example for future classes in paying it forward. The staff’s ability to continue its work to bring the sport back from this pandemic relies on the support of the entire squash community. I see this as a testament to their appreciation for US Squash and what it has given their children and their families, the commitment of the staff, and recognition of the significant impact the junior squash journey has had in their lives.”

US Squash extends is special thanks to the Class of 2020 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, and Winnie Wen; the effort was supported by US Squash Board Members Andrew Fink, Jennifer Mackesy, Linda Robinson and Chairman of the Board Soo Venkatesan.

Subsequent to the launch of this effort, US Squash offered the opportunity to the junior community at large to match the Class of 2020 giving, and many families have supported the Junior Class Gift campaign, which will remain ongoing as planning continues for the coming season.

The leadership exhibited by families who gave in support of the Class Gift will be honored with a permanent plaque recognizing the Class of 2020 at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center, set to be completed in December 2020. In addition, graduating seniors whose families gave in their honor will be recognized on a dedicated plaque for all of next season. To give in honor of a graduating senior, please click here.

In following this extraordinary example, and to build on this concept US Squash is actively recruiting class ambassadors for the Class of 2021 as well as other junior classes for the Junior Gift Campaign. To express your interest in serving as a class ambassador, please email development@ussquash.com.

US Squash extends its deepest gratitude to the entire Class of 2020 for all they have brought to the sport during their time in the junior squash community and wishes them the best as they move on to the next phase in squash and in their lives.

Thank you to the families who gave to the Class Gift in honor of the following graduating seniors:


Avni Anand
Dhivya Arasappan
Christian Bae
Neil Bam
Andrew T. Barr
Shyuan Brown
Julia Brinker
Ellie Burke
Naima Burton
Emma Carney
Renee Chan
Kate Chang
Harry Charlton

Samuel Charlton
Alexander Chiang
Caroline Chin
Ella Cohen
Cate Costin

Serena Daniel
Raji Davenport
Griffin Dewey
Sehar Dey-Kohli
Lark Ervasti
William Eun
William Evans
Julia Fink
Whitney Finney
Margaret Fleischner
Thomas Fournaris
Nolan Gelinas
Ned Gildea
Charlotte Gillis
Katherine Glaser

Toby Goldston
Eliana Good
Simren Gupta
Rory Hallowell
Charles Heath
Pierce Henderson
Thomas Hogan
Morgan Huberman
Binney Huffman
Jessica Hutt
Garrett Johnson
Carter Joyce
Graham Joyce

Nikhil Kakarla
Anika Kanchi

Gordon Lam
Joey Raskin Lantos
Anna Lee
Matt Lazor
Clara Lehv
Peter Lehv
Brian Leonard
Alexander Lorenzo
Mia Mahfood
Neal Malani
Lesliebeth Maldonado
Margo Mancuso
Rachel Mashek
Charlie Mattson
Myles McIntyre
Jacob Miller
Kedar Nagaraj
Zach Nam

Justin Ngo
Waleed Nisar
Erin O’Connor
Penelope Oh
Maxwell Orr
Isabel Paine
Portia Pliam
Jackson Rho
Olivia Robinson
Blake Roshkoff
Thomas Rosini
Dana Santry
Sameer Saxena
Ben Schiltz
Emily Schuster
Arjun Sen
Anourag Shah
Christian Shah
Saachi Singh
Elijah Smith
Henry Sparkman
Nicholas Spizzirri
Meghna Sreedhar
Conner Stoltz
Alan Tamayo
Andrew Tokarski
Priya Verma
Sanjana Vissapragada
Yos Wagenmans
Olivia Walsh
Collin Wen
Garrett Wenberg
Cole Zetterquist

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