More than 400 players from fourteen National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA) programs (including one international affiliate!) head to Amherst and Williams Colleges this week, June 19-21, for the thirteenth annual Urban Individual National Championships.
This will be the tournament’s second year at Amherst, forced to outsource courts due to the increased number of competing players, as the tournament becomes more popular with NUSEA’s twenty urban squash programs.
“This is one of our marquee events of the year and a wonderful opportunity to unite the urban squash community to showcase our talented students, ” Alana Lerner, Director of Academic Programs & Alumni Support for NUSEA, said. “Its boom in size over the past few years is a testament to the growth of the movement and exciting expansion expansion into new cities each year—we are currently serving 1, 500+ students in seventeen cities across the country.”
Of the fourteen NUSEA-affiliated programs, SquashBusters (based in Boston) and StreetSquash Harlem, lead the way with eighty-seven entries, but the Bronx-based CitySquash program is a close second with eighty-five. The fourteen programs encompass twelve states spread across the United States—including California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota. There are even five representatives from the latest international program—Squash Urbano Colombia.
“The weekend will also include our national urban squash writing and art competitions, ” Tim Wyant, NUSEA’s Executive Director, shared. “We will recognize more than eighty high school seniors who will be attending college in the fall.”