Who We Are
SquashEmpower is an innovative non-profit that helps underserved elementary, middle and high school students succeed by blending the competitive sport of squash with intensive academic tutoring, long-term mentoring relationships, and a core value programs that emphasizes healthy lifestyle and personal responsibility.
We are committed to inspire children to achieve by providing educational and mentoring programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the sport of squash.
Since its inception, SquashEmpower has worked to enhance the academic performance, self-discipline, self-esteem, and physical fitness of young people by providing them with supplementary academic tutoring in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as exposure to, experience with, and instruction in squash, a sport traditionally only accessible to affluent students in elite private schools.
Through our development program we seek to:
- Provide under-served youth the opportunity to grow academically.
- Help children develop the skills, self-discipline, and physical fitness level necessary to play squash.
- Promote cultural diversity in the sport of squash by introducing it to a population of children who may never have experienced it.
- Offer squash enthusiasts in the Washington, D.C. region an opportunity to uplift a community different from their own in a proactive way.
Our goal is to engage youth who live in District of Columbia neighborhoods that are under-served and who may not have same opportunities and advantages as higher income families.
We believe that squash is a life-long sport that provides all of the traditional advantages of athletics (health, discipline, focus, sportsmanship, skill development, success, dealing with frustration/failure, camaraderie, respect for competitors and referees, etc.).
We also believe – as evidenced by other urban squash programs throughout the country that are affiliated with the National Urban Squash & Education Association (NUSEA) – that combining squash with academic and mentoring programming can further develop and enrich the lives of our teenage participants.
Thank-you for your continued support of SquashEmpower, your financial donations and volunteer hours make a real difference to the program, families and youth we serve.
Summary of Proposal
SquashEmpower plans to partner with DC Public Schools in a multi-year program to build/run squash courts at a number of DCPS’ locations, and then use that daily fun-filled forum to also provide academic and mentoring programming to participating local teenagers. The ultimate goal is college attendance for our students.
The Big Picture
10 schools - 10 years - 550 students - $5 million.
How You Can Help
We need the continued support from the “village” of concerned individuals to help us propel our program to a higher level and ultimately help us reach a larger audience of deserving young people. Please consider joining our village today and help us impact tomorrow!