Bowden builds on a five-year tradition of coach-mentors that began with a unique partnership between Up2Us/CoachAcrossAmerica, and the SquashSmarts after-school program that trains and develops young men and women to give back to the kids in their communities through sport.
The Up2Us award comes after Bowden was surprised with the Philadelphia Youth Coach of the Year Award at SquashSmarts’ annual gala in front of former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Phillies Chairman David Montgomery in May.
“We’re so unbelievably proud of her!” said Up2Us Regional Director Claire Perry in unison with Tempest’s sister and fellow seven-year SquashSmarts alumna, Quinetta Bowden, who returned to SquashSmarts as its Middle School Academic Director after completing CityYear.
“I’ve always said SquashSmarts will be a success when I don’t have a job, ” joked Stephen Gregg, SquashSmarts Executive Director. “Three alumni are now on full-time staff, and three more are working part time to help us serve over 150 children from Philadelphia. It’s a powerful and positive circle of life in what have recently been some dark times.”
Fellow SquashSmarts alumns Sakora Miller, Mithun Das, Devonte Harris, Kareem Price, Marcus Major, Rabbi Awsan and Dewon Flythe have each benefited from the exceptional year-long Up2Us training program.
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