In 2008, New York’s Jessica Green and Emily Stieff started “Women’s Squash Night” as a way for New York Squash to build growth in women’s squash. In 2011, after four successful events in New York, AJ Copeland reached out to Stieff to put a similar event together in Washington, DC. In the fall of 2012, the night turned into a nation-wide celebration—Women’s Squash Week.
With over fifteen cities joining in, more than 400 women of all ages and skill levels participated in social round robins of singles, doubles, and “queen of the court.” The goal was social, not competitive, play to inspire women to get back on court after the summer, reconnect with old friends, and introduce new women players to the sport.
Women’s Squash Week not only brought players out in droves to local events, but it has helped spawn more participation in weekly round robins, league teams, and the development of new teams to participate in the Howe Cup.
In 2016 Women’s Squash Week will run from September 16-25, and we will see the biggest response ever, with events at clubs in Baltimore, Connecticut, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle Washington D.C, and many others. The event now also reaches to Canada, Bermuda and England and is becoming a truly international event.
To read more about the 2015 Women’s Squash Week, click here.
Women’s squash nights really help to dramatically increase local tournament and league play along with the number of women seen on court at the clubs on a daily basis. They provide a welcoming and social introduction for those beginner players which in turn helps to build a strong community of women’s players.
Womens Squash Week 2017 is scheduled for September 23 – October 1. More information wiill be available soon.
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