During the US Squash Board of Director’s meeting this quarter, the directors adopted an amendment to the association’s By-laws to enable the addition of up to two ex officio non-voting directors. This amendment was followed by a vote to name Tim Wyant, current Executive Director of the National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA) as an ex officio member of the Board.
Wyant has served as the Executive Director of the Bronx-based urban squash program CitySquash since its founding in 2002. Wyant will become full time as the Executive Director of NUSEA as of June 1, 2014. He will remain a CitySquash Board member, and is succeeded as CitySquash’s Executive Director by CitySquash Program Director Terence Li.
Wyant (pictured above and left) was hired by CitySquash’s Board of Directors in 2002 to launch and run the organization. Before joining CitySquash, Wyant was a four-time All-American and two-time captain on the squash team at Harvard College. After graduation, Wyant competed on the professional squash tour for two years and played for the U.S. Men’s National Team. He has served previously on the board of US Squash in the early 2000’s when it was comprised of nearly three dozen members. He is currently the chair of the US Squash Doubles Committee. In 2005, Tim co-founded NUSEA with three other urban program directors, and in 2012 he became its second Executive Director.
US Squash and NUSEA partner closely and have since NUSEA’s founding in 2005. US Squash President & CEO Kevin Klipstein has served on NUSEA’s Board of Directors since that time. Having provided more than $100, 000 in grants to new and emerging programs, US Squash also provides extensive value-in-kind services including waiving membership fees for all urban squash participants, 50% discounts on all competitions, and the waiving of all accreditation fees for events. US Squash also manages the NAO/GO Scholarship Fund which uses money raised from the Greenwich professional tournaments to provide more than $20, 000 annually in scholarship funding to urban squash participants attending secondary school or college. The Urban Doubles Championships is fully funded and hosted by US Squash, providing top urban players the opportunity to learn the doubles game during a week-long camp in Denver each summer.
“It is an honor to join US Squash’s Board of Directors, ” Wyant said. “As a lifelong squash player and someone who has been involved with the sport professionally since college, I have great respect for the leadership role US Squash has played in the game’s remarkable growth in the United States, particularly over the past decade. US Squash’s commitment to urban squash is steadfast, and I look forward to supporting the association’s continued efforts to expand the boundaries of the sport.”
Bill Simon, Chairman of the NUSEA Board since its founding, added, “NUSEA has grown from the initial four founding programs to now fourteen officially recognized programs across the country. We are so pleased to have Tim leading NUSEA into the future as there are many other start up programs which will benefit from our programs, in the U.S. and even internationally. Increasing the level of collaboration with US Squash simply makes sense. US Squash has provided consistent support for urban squash for nearly a decade and the more integration there is, and the more we can partner, the better for both organizations.”