Squashwise is an urban squash program based in Baltimore, MD that uses squash as a motivator to help students realize their academic, athletic and personal potential.
SU spoke with Amy Markoe, Executive Director, of SquashWise. Here’s what we found out:
- SquashWise introduces the sport of squash to local middle school students, chosen for their enthusiasm and commitment to learning the sport, rather than their academic or squash abilities.
- Students at SquashWise have the opportunity to participate in community service and mentorship programs as well as travel for squash and academic enrichment programs, gaining exposure to various colleges and universities.
- The program is equal parts academics and squash – students engage in one hour of squash and fitness and one hour of academics each day.
- In terms of squash, students play year round, with camps during spring and summer breaks.
- In high school, SquashWise fields a competitive team of ten to twelve student athletes. This team competes against local high school teams and travels to play other urban squash programs. SquashWise participates in the Urban Individual and Team Nationals.
- Each fall, SquashWise hosts the SquashWise Junior Rally, a squash tournament/fundraiser which brings teams together for a competitive fundraising challenge.
Want to volunteer at SquashWise? Any student in grades 10 or above can apply to SquashWise’s Junior Volunteer Program to help with academic tutoring and squash coaching and fitness. Sign up at https://baltimoresquashwise.org/become-a-volunteer/