Women’s Squash Week 2015 begins this weekend with the fourth annual edition of the movement shaping up to have its largest participation to date.
In the United States alone, more than one thousand women will take to the courts at over thirty locations. 2015 has also seen tremendous growth abroad in Canada, England, Bermuda, and Barbados. Overall, this year marks a record 20% increase in participation for this burgeoning movement.
It’s not too late to join your local events! Meet other players, play casual round robin games, organize your league teams, and learn about upcoming women’s squash events. All are free and are open to US Squash members and non-members of all ages and skill levels. Sign up on the Women’s Squash Week page or contact your local organizer to let them know you will join in the fun.
Share your pictures and stories from women’s squash week on Twitter @USSquash and using the hashtag #WSW15. Get involved in Women’s Squash Week on Facebook by joining the US Squash Women’s Squash Facebook Group.
“Women’s Squash Week provides such a great platform to get women involved in the game, ” said Kim Clearkin, US Squash Director of Events and Women’s Squash Week organizer. “Be they returning players dusting off their rackets after a long hot summer or women completely new to the game wanting to find out what the fuss is about, all players are welcomed to play in a friendly, non-competitive environment. It is the perfect way to start the season.”
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, D.C. In the fall of 2012, the night turned into a nation-wide celebration—Women’s Squash Week—and has been celebrated every year since.